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Odzun Church, Odzun

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Admire early Christian stone masonry and exquisite rock carvings at Odzun Church, an Armenian three-nave basilica perched on a hilltop surrounded by mountains near Alaverdi. Made from elaborately patterned felsites (fine grained volcanic rocks), this impressive eighth-century church protects the site of a single-nave basilica built by the world’s first Christian king. Legend has it that Thomas the Apostle buried Jesus’ swaddling clothes on this site before leaving for India. A barrel-vaulted roof and a characteristic octagonal bell tower stand out as masterpieces of Armenian architecture. Ask one of the local priests to tell you more about the church's history and the legends associated with it. Arrange to visit Odzun Church and other attractions in Odzun using our Odzun travel route planner .
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  • September 18, 2017
    Built in felsit rose, a hardest stone tower, around between 6° and 7° century by Catholicos Hovhannes III native of Odzun, is one of the most beautiful churches in Armenia. Now they're renovating and scaffolding make it difficult to visit and the photos! Inside there are some frescoes at these not well preserved. Outside the funeral of khachkar prelates and especially a strange funeral stele in two columns, probably Indian, with sculptures in biblical representation and exquisite designs.
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  • September 17, 2017
    Stunning building and better as we had a tour guide with us. Fourth and fifth century history. You need comfortable walking shoes and plenty of energy to get round  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    Beautiful place! But just a church, combined with a hike, it's perfect! The surrounding nature is one of a kind! Check out Alaverdi Guides for affordable tours by locals! They helped me a lot when I v...  more »
  • July 24, 2016
    One of the greatest churches in Armenia! One of the reasons that I adore this is that I was baptized here. The church is beautiful. It has an impressive colonnade, a memorial. The priest of this church is nice. His family is great! It is very easy to get to this village. You can also check Horomayri which is very close to the village of Odzun.
  • May 13, 2016
    Very nice historic church. As the place is hard to reach by big buses the place is hardly included in tourist programes. Well worth seeing if you are traveling on your own.
  • July 18, 2015
    Ancient church with bas-reliefs from the 4th century. Friendly priest will guide you and show everything. Definitely worth to travel there. On the back yard is the toilet. In front of church entrance - cafe.
  • November 28, 2015
    Historical place with glorious landscapes!
  • September 6, 2014
    Great place I recommend to all

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