Potential New Addition to UNESCO List: The Blue Mosque

Posted on January 25, 2013


Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 5.49.11 PMAccording to Armenian Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan, Armenia will submit an application to have Yerevan’s Blue Mosque added to The United Nations Educational Scientific and Culture Organization (“UNESCO”)’s  Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The Mosque was built at some point during the mid-18th century, during the reign of Nadir Shah. Construction is believed to have been completed under the reign of Husayn Ali Khan.  It is the only such mosque that is still preserved. The Mosque was heavily renovated in the late 1990s, despite criticism from United States officials. The mosque continues to hold religious services, and is the only mosque in Yerevan to do so.