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Pilgrimage Church

The church of St. Peter above Begunje na Gorenjskem

Pilgrimage Church · Upper Carniola
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  • St. Peter's church with Mt. Dobrča in the background
    / St. Peter's church with Mt. Dobrča in the background
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / St. Peter's church, view towards the Julian Alps
    Photo: Jani Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Gothic frescoes on the northern wall of St. Peters church (around 1530, Bartholomew from Škofja Loka)
    Photo: Peter Kolman, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / St. Peter, Begunje na Gorenjskem
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, CC BY, Turizem Radovljica
Charming hilltop church adorned by half a millennium old old gothic frescos, mysterious cave entrance and stunning panoramic views of Lake Bled and it's surroundings.

With it's exceptional location on a hilltop , 839m above sea-level, the succursal St. Peter's church is known as a wonderful viewpoint and one of the most interesting churches in the region.   The nearby cave was a place of worship prehistoric times, while the church was first mentioned in the 14th century. It played an important role in the time of the Turkish invasions. From here locals were alerted to danger by the lighting of a bond fire and the sound of the church bells.

The present day church dates back to the early 16th century and features a  two-nave star-shaped vaulted ceiling. The interior is adorned by wonderful 16th century frescoes painted by the Jernej of Loka, and represent the most extensive of his preserved works. The frescoes in the presbytery depict scenes from the legend of St. Peter,  whilst the 26 scenes on the northern wall comprise one of the most comprehensive portrayals of the Passion in Slovenian medieval wall painting.

 

Open from

The church has no official opening hours. Please ask the sacristans Milka and Milan (residing in the old sacristan house below the church) to open the church for you.

Price:

Admission free.
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Updated: September 13, 2019

Public transport

 Since this is a hilltop church above the village, there is no public transport on the sight. The church can only be visited by foot from Begunje, Krpin or Rodine.  Alpetour (Arriva) operates hourly public bus service to  Begunje, starting from Radovljica, Bled or Krnica. Few times a day, there is also a direct bus connection from directon Tržič or Jesenice. 

In July and August, a special Hop-on Hop-off bus runs from Bled, Campsite Šobec and Radovljica to Begunje. Look for the timetables at the web site of Radovljica tourist board.

Getting there

Use exits Lesce (3), Radovljica (4) or Brezje (5) from  A2/E 61 motorway and follow the signs for Begunje na Gorenjskem.  Reaching the village pass, the Elan ski factory and Mercator grocery shop. On your left you shall see public parking spaces and Tourist information centre Begunje. Once you have parked your car,  hike the St. Peter's trail.

Parking

Free parking spaces are avaliable by the Jurček pub and infront of post office (except blue area). If you walk the trail anti-clockwise you can also park on the large gravel car park next to Bife Krpin (free of charge).

Coordinates

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46.382898, 14.193385
DMS
46°22'58.4"N 14°11'36.2"E
UTM
33T 437974 5136907
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506 m
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The church of St. Peter above Begunje na Gorenjskem

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4275 Begunje na Gorenjskem
Phone 00386 31 308 499

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