Church of St John the Baptist
Rents equipment: canoes, kayaks, SUPs and bikes in summer, skis and snowboards in winter. It also operates guided rafting and canyoning...
An easy family-friendly sail from Ribčev Laz to Camp Zlatorog in Ukanc (and back). It's worth checking the timetable online – from June...
The glorious setting and spectacular panoramas make it worth a trip up Vogel – during winter, when it's a popular ski resort , but also...
Ribčev Laz · interesting places nearby
Church of St John the Baptist information
This postcard-worthy church, at the head of the lake and right by the stone bridge, is what every medieval church should be: small, surrounded by natural beauty, and full of exquisite frescoes. The nave is Romanesque, but the Gothic presbytery dates from about 1440. Many walls and ceilings are covered with 15th- and 16th-century frescoes.
As you face the arch from the nave, look for the frescoes on either side gorily depicting the beheading of the church's patron saint. On the opposite side of the arch, to the left, is Abel making his offering to God and, to the right, Cain with his inferior one. Upon the shoulder of history's first murderer sits a white devil – a rare symbol. Behind you on the lower walls of the presbytery are rows of angels, some with vampire-like teeth; look for the three men above them singing. They have goitres, once a common affliction in mountainous regions due to the lack of iodine in the diet. The carved wooden head of St John the Baptist on the side altar to the right dates from 1380.
Hours are minimal outside of summer and bigger holidays like Easter and New Year – enquire at the TIC.