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Odzun Church

Odzun village in Lori Province is one of the oldest settlements in Armenia. There are numerous Medieval architectural monuments in the village and its surroundings. The church of Holy Mother of God is located in the center of the village.  The name Odzun comes from the Armenian word “otzel” which means “to anoint”. The legend is based on the story of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who anointed many clergymen and bishops in this place. The present building of the church was constructed in the 5th–6th centuries. Not far from the church there is an early Christian stele – a great monument which symbolizes the victory of Christianity in Armenia.