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.
Tours to Odzun Church
$130 BOOK WITH VIATOR Armenia: Discover Odzun, Akhtala and UNESCO Heritage listed Haghpat & Sanahin
Duration: 11 hours
Odzun Church reviews
Odzun church is on of the oldest churches in Armenia (dated back to 6th century). It is located in Lori province. The nature around the church is very beautiful and this makes the place very... more »
On a plateau after endless switchbacks, this red stone buildings has many stone carvings. Still in use as a village church. Mystical. Mary and Christ statues in front. more »
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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