Quba Mêrê Dîwanê
|Quba Mêrê Dîwanê|
|Location||Aknalich village, Armavir Province, Armenia|
Quba Mêrê Dîwanê is the world's largest Yazidi temple. It is located in the Armenian village of Aknalich, in the province of Armavir, where the ethno-religious group is the largest minority. The village of Aknalich is located 35 kilometers west of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
The temple is 25 metres high and consists of seven domes surrounding a central, arched roof, and houses a seminary and museum. The temple is dedicated to the angel Melek Taus and the Seven Angels of Yazidi theology. The highest dome and the other seven surrounding ones symbolize the angels and are adorned with golden suns. The design is heavily inspired by Lalish in northern Iraq, the holiest temple of the Yazidis and a site of pilgrimage. Adjacent to the temple is a Yazidi cemetery. In a statue park opposite the temple are a statue of Nobel Prize winner Nadia Murad, a statue honouring Andranik Ozanian, an Armenian military commander who fought the Ottomans in the late 1880s, and an Armenian apostolic cross intertwined with the Yazidi sun, signifying religious harmony.
Funded by an Armenian Yazidi living in Russia, Mirza Sloian, Quba Mêrê Dîwanê was built just a few meters away from Ziarat, Armenia's first Yazidi temple established in 2012. The temple is designed by Artak Ghulyan, one of Armenia's most prolific architects of religious buildings.
Yazidis are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Armenia, practicing an ancient, monotheistic belief that has similarities to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, and Zoroastrianism along with elements of sun worship.
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