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 Alaverdi using our Alaverdi travel route planner .
Odzun Church Reviews
Great site to know about Armenian cultural, historical, political development. You can reach Middle Ages history just by enjoying the site more »
Un’altra delle splendide chiese antiche armene. Questa è una delle più antiche di fondazione ma l’edificio attuale è stato edificato all’inizio dell’ottavo secolo. Il portico è più recente ma tutto il... more »Another of the beautiful ancient Armenian churches. This is one of the oldest of the foundation but the present building was built at the beginning of the eighth century. The porch is newer but the whole complex is really spectacular. There is also a curious mound with two stelae that deserves attention.
Beautiful place and very old church. I like that the church's attendant is glad when people come on the yard. Children come to play volleyball, walk around the church and spent time like Jesus said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Odzun is the one of the historical destination in Armenia where every tourist must go.
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