Arena Bowling Centre
Yerevan’s best bowling alley is modern and costs AMD6000 per lane per hour during the day, or AMD12,000 per hour after 6pm. On weekends...
Museum of Modern Art
Near the corner of Sarian Poghots is the main exhibition centre for contemporary Armenian artists, the Museum of Modern Art. It also has...
State Museum of Wood-Carving
This is actually an interesting collection of some meticulous pieces, both modern and medieval. The entrance is slightly hidden, set...
Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theatre
The combination of atmosphere, views and traditional cuisine has made Urartu a popular place for a night on the town. It’s perfectly set...
12 Mesrop Mashtots Poghota · interesting places nearby
Blue Mosque information
Of the eight or so working mosques in Yerevan in 1900, the Blue Mosque is the only one remaining today. The Iran Information & Communication Centre next door has the key. It’s appropriate to wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt – no bare legs or shoulders.
The Soviets turned the mosque into the Yerevan City Museum until it was restored and somewhat ‘modernised’ by an Iranian religious-government foundation in the 1990s. It lives on as a sign of Armenia’s necessarily good relations with Iran.
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 24m-high minaret and a brightly tiled turquoise dome.