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Odzun Church, Odzun
(4.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Lovely this place in height and this church where you may be able to attend a baptism or a wedding while enjoying full of emotions Gregorian chants
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  • This is quite a large church, built in the 5th to 7th century. The outside has some of the original, but weathered, carvings remaining. Furthermore, there is a colonnade on 2 sides on the outside, qui...  more »
  • This basilica was built around the 5th-7th centuries and therefore is one of the oldest monasteries in Armenia. The scenic route to reach it. Recommend to visit this part of Armenia, the streets are sometimes disastrous (with animals that graze blissfully at the center of the roadway), feels like stepping back in time!
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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