Yazidi Temple - Quba Mere Diwane
More than 35,000 Yazidis live in the borders of Armenia, one of the largest minorities of the nation. At risk of cultural dissappearance by the Soviets when they lumped them together with the Kurds and their language nearly forgotten, then an internationally recognized genocide by ISIS against them in Iraq, this people group finally have a home and place of worship in Armenia - the temple of Quba Mere Diwane, built in 2019.
The Yazidis are an ancient people with their own monotheistic religion with roots of Judaism and Zoroastrianis and are found in parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran, although the diaspora is large. At first glance, they share many similarities to the Armenians, perhaps why such a large community exists in the nation. In 2019, a 25-meter high, seven domed temples was constructed and dedicated to the angel Melek Taus who takes the form of a peacock. Hence, wandering the complex, the peacock appears in many places, none more beautiful than the beautiful, back-lit rock of the inside. The temple is the largest Yazidi temple in the world.
35 km west of the capital Yerevan, found in the tiny village of Aknalich in Armavir Province.
35 Consteucted in 2019, built next to a smaller temple constructed in 2012.
The first place of worship for the 35,000 Yazidis living in Armenia. It is the largest Yazidi temple in the world.
A place of pilgrimage for the Yazidis of Armenia. As a result, their culture is growing and gaining more recognition.
Following our first to the 5,000 year old remains of Metsamor on the northern reaches of Ararat, we travelled forward in time to only 4 years ago to see the grand temple of Yazidis in Armenia. It lies in a tiny village that gives a feel no one ventures out here, but out of nowhere a stunning complex appears. Made of white marble reminiscent of Taj Mahal, the amazing craftsmanship stands out. Inside, we were equally amazed with the simple yet beautiful details. Exploring this temple was one of those hidden gems tha feel out of place, yet belongs at the same time. No entrance fee collected and at the time of our visit (Sunday, 2023), the temple was open to explore.