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.

Professor Marija Cvetek, a high school student at that time, showed him and his companions the church.

TOURS OF THE CHURCH

TOURS OF THE CHURCH

  • Every day from 25. 6. from 10:00 – 17:00
  • Out-of-season tours are possible by prior arrangements (info@janez-krstnik-bohinj.si)

TICKETS

TICKETS

Church visit:

  • Adults: € 3.00
  • Children up to 12 years: free
  • Family: € 6.00
  • Seniors 65 +, Students or pupils, disabled: € 2.50
  • Adults group over 10 people: € 2.00

Visit to the bell tower:

  • Adults: € 3.00
  • Children up to 12 years: free
  • Family: € 6.00
  • Seniors 65 +, Students or pupils, disabled: € 2.50
  • Adults over 10 people: € 2.00

Combination ticket church + bell tower:

  • bell tower + church individuals: € 5,00
  • bell tower + church groups: € 4,00

Professional guided tour: € 30,00

BELFRY

In the Church of St. John the Baptist we offer an attractive rise via stairs to the belfry. The latter is 35 m high and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area of the church, Lake Bohinj and the surrounding mountains.

SOUVENIR SHOP

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

HOLY MASSES

DONATIONS FOR HOLY MASSES AND FOR LIGHTING CANDLES

At the reception in the church, you can donate for holy masses. Your donations will be given to the Church of St. John the Baptist or elsewhere. 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.

PRAYER TO THE SAINT