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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Odzun Church by using our Odzun travel itinerary planner.
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  • Peculiarity of this monastery is the harmonious and high church built between 717 and 728, to which was added a porch that runs around; today being restored, thanks to the diligence of the parish priest. Next to the Church, of which I highly recommend you turn around to admire the sculpted reliefs found in the high parts, there is a large Tomb, perhaps Indian architectural influences, presenting two figurative stems, better legible in the morning on the towards the apse as illuminated by the Sun and with the best preserved figures. Place not to be missed!
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  • A beautiful church which is located in the town of Odzun. It is being restored. It is situated on the way from one attraction to the next.
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  • Went in the fall of 2016. The monastery is very impressed. Definitely will go again, I would call this land, a place of strength. Immediately get into the past several centuries ago.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Historical place with glorious landscapes!
  • Great place I recommend to all

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