September 17, 2018

CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

The over 700 years old church is one of the most beautiful examples of the Middle Age architecture and fresco painting in Slovenia.

THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IS A MUST-SEE SIGHT – WHY?

  • Some of the oldest frescoes in Slovenia are found in the church and in front of it.
  • In stylistic terms, the church covers time periods from Romanticism to Baroque.
  • It represents an important cultural and historical monument and is a listed building.
  • The Church of St. John the Baptist is thought to have been built as early as pre1300.
  • The church is located on a rich historical site – archaeological finds, dating from the 1st to the 5th century, have been discovered next to the church.
  • Additional information: www.janez-krstnik-bohinj.si

TICKETS

  • Church: 2,5 € per person
  • Guided tour of the bell tower: 2,5 € per person
  • Church + guided tour of the bell tower: 4 € per person
  • Free of charge for Bohinj Mobility Card holders
  • Tickets are being sold in the church store.
  • Please subscribe for a guided group tour on our e-mail: [email protected]

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TOURS OF THE CHURCH

  • May (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): from 9 am to 6 pm
  • June, July, August (every day): from 9 am to 9 pm
  • September (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Out-of-season tours are possible by prior arrangements

INTERESTING FEATURES AND FACTS ABOUT THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

The wooden head of St. John the Baptist (from around 1380):

This valuable object of world importance (there are only five more such items in the world) is kept by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, and its copy is displayed in the church.

The fresco of St. Christopher on the outer side:

The patron saint of travellers is also painted in other churches in Bohinj, but only here there are three painted images of the saint in several layers. The first layer was painted around 1300, the second one around 1400 and the third one around 1530. Seeing St. Christopher was reputed to bring good luck and protection for the rest of the day.

More frescoes that are worth seeing:

  • The fresco of St. John the Evangelist, drinking poison in front of the high priest Aristodemus, that is one of the oldest in Slovenia.
  • Two white devils.
  • Singing angels with ribbons who have goitres and teeth.
  • Badly preserved mystery man with a hammer.

Other features:

  • Three wooden church altars made by carvers in different periods of the 17th century.
  • An older Gothic altar from the church is exhibited in the National Gallery in Ljubljana.
  • The roof, bulb-shaped cap and lower wall are all covered with wooden shingles.
  • Baroque bell tower with a double bulb-shaped cap and lantern from 1738, which is quite rare nowadays in Slovenia.
  • Gothic entryway, paved with gravel, with an old collection box.
  • Wooden choir with a fence, resembling the one on alpine farmhouses known as “gank”.
  • The church used to be surrounded by a cemetery, but only the open and painted Gothic chapel behind the presbytery has been preserved to this day.

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