Church of St. John the Baptist
At the head of Lake Bohinj, the church of St. John the Baptist sits next to the stone bridge creating a picture-postcard image. The simple and plain style of the white exterior is in direct contrast to the superbly preserved artwork inside. If you decide to view the art inside, be prepared for a few gory surprises!
If you are short on time, just wander around the church and admire some of the outside frescoes. Look out for St. Christopher, patron saint of travellers, with six toes! People used to believe that they would not die if they had gazed upon St. Christopher that day.
For a small fee, you can go inside the church and up to the bell tower. Entry is free with the Julian Alps Card.
It may seem a little odd to pay to go into a church, but this is because it is considered to be an historical monument and is under heritage protection. The money goes directly to help support the preservation on the church.
History of the Church of St. John the Baptist
Experts believe that the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj was built in the mid-11th century, or late 10th century. Although the exact date is unknown, it one of the finest examples of medieval architecture and frescoes in all of Slovenia. Most of the frescoes were painted in 15th and 16th century. It is one of the most photographed churches in Slovenia.
Consider joining a guided tour to find out all about the amazing stories behind the vivid images. Guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and mainly operate in the high summer season.
Inside the Church of St. John the Baptist
The carved wooden head of St. John the Baptist, dating back to 1380, can be seen on the side altar.
Not quite what you expect to see in a church!