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Church of the Holy Spirit

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Small Baroque church with wooden shingle roof is located on the way to Ukanc.

The Church of the Holy Spirit is situated on a glade next to Lake Bohinj. It was built in 1743, although there are records in the archives showing that a church stood at this site at least some 300 years earlier.


It was built as a part of three vows made by farmers on the advice of a monk from Innichen after a three-year period of poor harvest because of a worm. This is how the small Baroque church was put up in 1743. There is a bell tower with a Baroque roof on the south side and an open entryway in front of the church.

The sacristy was built under the bell tower and later also a granary on the south side that was used for storing grain and other crops, gifts brought by grateful pilgrims.


On the outer side:

  • Wooden shingle roof in the shape of a camelback
  • Bell tower with a bulb-shaped cap with small stone framed windows looking in all directions
  • Stone paved church floor
  • The open entryway is paved with river stones, a choir is built above it
  • Grey and colourful edges and borders
  • A fresco of St. Christopher with baby Jesus, painted in 1885 by Matija Koželj, a painter from Kamnik


Inside the church:

  • Round shaped vault decorated with ornaments
  • Three altars (a big wooden Baroque one from the second half of the 18th century)
  • The statues on the side Rococo altars were stolen at the end of the last century
  • Two side altars are decorated with the paintings made by Matija Koželj in 1885 (the left one is dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk, the right one to St. Francis Xavier)
  • The pulpit is a simple folk art from the 18th century
  • Crystal chandelier from the 19th century

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The church isn't open all the time!

Public transport

The church is located at the lake Bohinj which is well connected with local bus transport.

Getting there

In Bohinj we can drive by car through Bled, through Pokljuka, Soriška planina or Jelovica. To the lake, where the church is located, we can easly come from the direction of Bohinjska Bistrica.  

  • The bus comes from Ljubljana through Bled.
  • From Ljubljana and Beljak (via Jesenice) and from Nova Gorica we can come by train.
  • Or with a car train from Nova Gorica, from Most na Soči and from Podbrdo.


A small gravel parking place is located at the church.


46.278461, 13.864440
46°16'42.5"N 13°51'52.0"E
33T 412513 5125613
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