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Blue Mosque in Yerevan

Blue Mosque stands as a significant landmark in Yerevan, attracting both Muslim pilgrims and tourists. Built in 1766 by Sardar Husein-Ali Khan, it replaced an earlier mosque destroyed in a 1679 earthquake. Despite Soviet-era threats, it was preserved and now serves as a place of worship after reconstruction efforts in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Blue Mosque was built by Sardar Husein-Ali Khan of Yerevan in 1766 (1179 AH). There is an opinion that the mosque of Def Sultan stood on the site of the mosque before that, which was destroyed during the great earthquake of Yerevan in 1679, and almost a century later, this new one was built on the spot by Hussein-Ali Khan Qajar.

The Blue Mosque boasts a spacious and well-maintained garden, offering visitors a delightful spot to relax and immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere

The Blue Mosque is part of the series of Shia mosques in Yerevan, distinguished as not only the most beautiful and magnificent but also the largest. Covering a total area of 7000 m2, the complex comprises a spacious quadrangular building crafted of bricks, featuring a tall minaret and a broad-sided dome. The dome and sections of the walls are adorned with blue terracotta.

During the mass demolition of religious structures in the Soviet era, the Blue Mosque was saved through the efforts of Armenian intellectuals like Yeghishe Charents, who vehemently opposed its destruction.  The mosque was saved and for a long time the museum of Natural History and Yerevan History museum were located in here.

After the independence of Armenia, at the request of the Iranian government, the mosque was handed over to Iran as a place of prayer. It was reconstructed in 1994-1998 by the efforts of the Iranian government. In 2006, the dome was repaired.


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