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“A little off the beaten path, but worth the sidetrack”
Review of Odzun Church

Odzun Church
Reviewed December 1, 2011

I wonder if I can really call this an "attraction," but there aren't any other ways to get this on-the-map. here's what it is: a beautiful, ancient church. Don't expect any stalls or vendors (maybe a couple at most), a lot of souvenirs (none that we saw), or any visitor's facilities (except for a restroom which is pretty run down, but at least is accessible, unlike lots of other churches in Armenia). On the 'services' front, there is a very welcoming cafe sort of stand across the street where you can get a very nice cup of coffee or other drink and probably a snack or two; the gentleman there was very accommodating even though my wife & I only had 2 coffees).

The church is huge for a village church, testament to what was once or was hoped to be. It is a basilica style church (with ruined side apses/chapels) and seems to be from the IV/V c. There is also a unique (from our experience) monument which incorporates what seems to be 2 Christianized vishaps (ancient pagan fertility stone pillars) in a stepped structure. We were told that the locals simply know it for miraculous fertility, but didn't know how old it was.

I know lots of folks get overwhelmed by all of the churches in Armenia, and this one is certainly not a UNESCO World Heritage site. However it is interesting architecturally and religiously and I would certainly recommend it if churches are your thing.

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