Photographer's Note

Yerevan’s Blue Mosque

Yes, there exists a second Blue Mosque in the world !
Smaller than its famous namesake in Istanbul and much lesser known. But also very beautiful !

Although the entrance to the complex is in one of the main streets of Yerevan (in Mesrop Mashtots Poghota) and the gate is a fairly remarkable construction (please, have a look in the workshop), the mosque itself is located and a little hidden in the back of a garden.

Believing that the name ‘Blue Mosque’ would attract every tourist in the Armenian capital, we were very surprised to find out that we were the only two visitors that afternoon.

I also looked for other pictures of it on TE and I found no. If I am not mistaken, here you find the first presentations on TE of this historical mosque in Yerevan.
Have also a look at the details of the facade in the workshop.

The mosque was built in 1765 by the Persian Governor Hussein Ali Khan as a place for Friday sermons and features a medrese (religious college) built around a garden courtyard, a 24 m high minaret and a brightly tiled turquoise dome. This information comes from the Lonely Planet guide.

During the Soviet era it didn’t function as a mosque but it was a museum. After the independence of Armenia and with the support from the Iranian government, the Blue Mosque became again an Islamic prayer house.

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