Blue Mosque

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Blue Mosque information

Location
Yerevan , Armenia
Address
12 Mesrop Mashtots Poghota
Telephone
+374 10 42 84 98
Opening hours
10am-6pm
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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.