A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST BY LAKE BOHINJ

This picturesque church falls under the parish of Srednja vas in Bohinj.

It stands on a hill along Lake Bohinj and together with the stone bridge represents one of the biggest sights of Bohinj. It was built before 1300 and represents an important cultural and historical monument, which is why it is under cultural heritage protection.

There are various styles in the church, from romance to baroque. Very interesting is the wooden head of Janez Krstnik from 1380, which is kept by the Institute for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage. The frescos of the church are also famous, with the oldest ones dating from the 13th century. There are also some 72 different saints and other motifs painted. In three layers on the southern outer wall there are three paintings of St. Christopher who is the patron of pilgrims, travelers, drivers, carriers, rafters and boatmen.

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THE WHITE DEVIL

On the inside of the arch of the church of St. John the white devil storms the imagination, sitting on Cain’s neck and whispering to him about murderous inclinations. This special feature was also seen by the famous French writer Jean Paul Sartre, when he was visiting Bohinj in the sixties of the last century.

Some of them attributed this color to mythological parables, while others are guessing whether the black color had faded throughout centuries.

VISITING THE CHURCH

Dear visitors, the  museum church is currently closed due to anti-corona-regulations. We will let you know as soon as anything changes. 
In the meantime, rest assured we do not rest, but are actively planning and preparing new offers and exciting surprises for our reunion.
Take care of yourself and each other, this won’t last forever.
Yours truly,
John the Baptist & Crew

OCTOBER

MONDAY-THURSDAY FRIDAY-SUNDAY NOTICE
10.00-13.00 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In cold and rainy weather we may close early as there are usually no visitors.

NOVEMBER 

MONDAY-THURSDAY FRIDAY-SUNDAY NOTICE
CLOSED 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In cold and rainy weather we may close early as there are usually no visitors.

DECEMBER

MONDAY-THURSDAY FRIDAY-SUNDAY NOTICE
10.00-13.00 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In cold and rainy weather we may close early as there are usually no visitors.

Should you like to see the church outside opening hours,
please call +386 40 522 881 (Ori). Calling does not guarantee  a visit, but if possible, I will gladly come and open the museum church for you.  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

It is possible to visit the church outside the opening season and outside opening hours by prearrangement.

Call 00386 40 522 881 (Ori) or write to us at info@janez-krstnik-bohinj.si.

Ask about the special offer for groups

TICKETS

Tickets sold in our store.

Church 3,50€
Bell tower 3,50€
Church + bell tower 6,00€

Payment possible in cash only. 

For a group guided tour, contact us via this link or call 00386 40 522 881 (Ori). ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL PACKAGE OFFERS FOR GROUPS!

BELLTOWER

When visiting the Church of St. John the Baptist, make sure you also take a look at the amazing view from the first musical belltower in Slovenia.

Historically speaking, churches with St. John the Baptist as patron saint were often placed near water, since they were connected with baptism in the sense of early spreading of Christianity, so no wonder “our” St. John the Baptist Church is so surrounded by water – a sight best seen from this 35 m high belltower, where you will also see a musical organ, the old-clock mechanism and the churchbell.

Belltower fee:

3.00 EUR for individuals
2.00 EUR per person for groups (10+)

SOUVENIR SHOP

In a small shop inside the church you can buy simple and beautiful gifts, souvenirs and religious items.

HOLY MASSES

The Church of St John the Baptist is currently not liturgically in use,

welcome to join us in our other parish churches:

  • Church of St. Margaret (Sv. Marjeta) in Jereka;
  • Church of St. Paul (Sv. Pavel) in Stara Fužina;
  • Church of The Holy Spirit (Sv. Duh) by the lake;
  • the chapel on Uskovnica (only in the summer months);
  • and the Parish Church of St Martin in Srednja vas.

WEDDINGS

Get married in the Church of St. John the Baptist and confirm your love before God, thus creating an unforgettable day of your life.

DONATIONS FOR HOLY MASSES AND FOR LIGHTING CANDLES

At the reception in the church, you can donate for holy masses.

You can also light a candle that symbolizes your presence with the great saint.

WHO IS SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

Evangelists Matthew and Luke report what Jesus said about him: “Truly, I say to you, born from a woman, there is no one greater than John the Baptist.” John was therefore greater than all patriarchs and prophets of the old testament: the first ones were given the promise of the Savior, others predicted the Messiah. John the Baptist was Messiah’s predecessor, he saw Him with his physical eyes, introduced him to the people and baptized Him. It is understandable, then, why the Church celebrates this great man with two holidays, celebrating his double birth: on June 24 the Church celebrates the solemn feast of his birth for this world and for the mission of Jesus’ predecessor, and on August 29 the Church recalls his martyrdom and birth to heaven.

He was the “messenger of the birth and death” of the Son of God. The English spiritual writer St Bede Honorable, who died in 735, explains: “With his birth he announced the birth of Christ, proclaimed the proclamation of Christ and testified with baptism for Christ. Finally, with his suffering, he prophesied the suffering of Christ. There is no doubt that John the Baptist suffered prison and restraints because of the testimony of the Savior. Otherwise, the persecutor did not ask him to give up Christ, but to give up the truth; nevertheless he died for Christ, for it is Christ whi declares: I am the truth.”

PRAYER TO THE SAINT

Vsemogočni Bog,
svetega Janeza Krstnika si poklical,
da bi Kristusu Gospodu
pripravil popolno ljudstvo;
V njegovem predhodniku svetem Janezu
slavimo tvojo veličastnost. Med rojenimi od žená
si ga odlikoval s posebno častjo.

Že pred rojstvom se je vzradoval
bližine Odrešenika človeštva in s svojim rojstvom
mnogim prinesel veselje. Edini izmed vseh
prerokov je pokazal Jagnje, ki odrešuje svet.