January 25, 2018

CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

The Church stands in the middle of a field outside the village of Bitnje

  • It was first mentioned at the end of the 15th century, and it acquired its present appearance in the 17th century
  • The oldest roman church in Bohinj
  • First cemetery fro the whole Bohinj
  • In the vicinity of the necropolis (an cemetery that belonged to one of the first known settlements in Bohinj – on Ajdovski gradec

THINGS TO SEE IN THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

The subsidiary Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Bitnje is surrounded by a wall and stands in the middle of a cemetery. Its picturesque Baroque bell tower with a double bulb-shaped cap and a lantern dates back to the end of the 17th century. During the same period, the entryway on the west side was also paved with river stones. Old and steep stairs with a wooden shingle covered wall on the sides lead to the main entrance.

One of the most interesting features in the church is the main portal from 1673, made from the green Peračica rock and one of the most important of its kind in Slovenia. There is also a more modest portal from the same period and made from the same rock on the south side. It is decorated only with a series of pearls.

Other interesting features

  • The church is paved with stone
  • A tombstone of the Locatelli family with the years of the death of the three Locatelli brothers in the nave
  • The oldest piece of equipment is the statue of Mary sitting with Jesus from the beginning of the 15th century
  • The two side altars date back to the middle of the 16th century
  • The pulpit is from the second half of the 17th century
  • The big “golden” altar from the second half of the 17th century is the largest and the richest in the Bohinj area
  • Way of the Cross from the late Baroque period (folk art)
  • Votive painting from around 1680 in the sacristy

Location

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