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Javorca, memorial Church of the Holy Spirit

High above the bed of the Tolminka River, there is a wooden sacred place, the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca, which bears the European Heritage label.

The church celebrates the fallen Austro-Hungarian defenders of the Isonzo Front battlefield (1915–1917). As the most beautiful World War I memorial in the area of the Republic of Slovenia, it was placed on the list of particularly important European historical and cultural heritage back in 2007 and received European Heritage label in 2018.

Javorca is a memorial of reconciliation and a unique example of Secession

The Church of Holy Spirit in Javorca was built by Austro-Hungarian soldiers, masters of various crafts. It stands as a symbol of a call for reconciliation and a witness to the connecting strength of joining the artistic creation with construction. There is a bell tower with a solar clock, the coat of arms of the monarchy and the inscription PAX (peace) above the entrance.

The exterior is adorned with coats of arms of the twenty lands, which formed Austria-Hungary, whereas the interior is decorated with oak pannels, which symbolise pages of a memorial book, with 2,564 names of fallen Austro-Hungarian soldiers who died in the nearby battlefields. Their names were burnt into wood according to the system of the military hierarchy.

The plans for the church, which celebrated its one hundredth anniversary of construction in 2016, were created by Remigius Geylinga, a painter from Vienna, who was a senior lieutenant back then. The construction was led by Géza Jablonszky, a lieutenant of Hungarian origin. It was thoroughly renovated in 1934, in the beginning of the 1980s, in 2005 and in 2016.

A picturesque point on The Walk of Peace

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca will not only enthuse you with its historical message and incredible construction. From the terrace next to the church, there is a view of the mighty Rdeči rob, the charming chain of the Tolmin – Bohinj mountains. The church is one of the selected points on the famous Walk of Peace trail, which connects memorials and remains of World War I in the Soča Valley.

European heritage label smallJavorca - European Heritage Label

Since the beginning of 2018, the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca is officially among the giants of the European Heritage, which emphasize common European values. In 2018, it was formally awarded a special recognition by the European Commission - the European Heritage Label.


Javorca - OPENING HOURS 2019

30. 3. 26. 4. Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
27. 4. 5. 5. Every day 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
6. 5. 17. 5. Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
18. 5.  14. 6. Every day 10 a.m.  5 p.m.
15. 6.  31. 8. Every day 10 a.m. 7 p.m.
1. 9.  13. 10. Every day 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
14. 10. 3. 11. Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
4. 11. ~28. 3. 2020 Closed, visit is possible upon prior reservation at the price for groups.

Javorca - PRICELIST 2019

Adults 4,00 €
Children (7 till 14 years) 2,00 €
Students, seniors 3,20 €
Group ticket, adults (10 + persons) 3,20 €
Group ticket, children (10 + persons) 1,60 €
Family ticket 2+2 10,00 €

Outside the schedule,

Groups up to 15 persons 50,00 € / group
Groups of 16 persons and more 4,00 € / person

Javorca - Masses

  • 9. 6. 2019 at 10.00 - Pentecost, in honor of St. Spirit
  • 25. 6. 2019 at 10.00 - for the homeland
  • 29. 6. 2019 at 11.00 - Orthodox holy Mass
  • 11. 11. 2019 at 10.00 - Mass on the anniversary of the end of World War I

Public transport to Javorca and Tolmin Gorges

Tolmin Shuttle Bus – Javorca

Shuttle Bus Tolmin 2019

In July and August we also organize public transport to Javorca and back for 1,00 EUR per ride.

The minibus (for up to 20 persons) will drive:

29. 6.—1. 9. 2019 Saturday, Sunday
29. 7.—2. 8. 2019, 12.—22. 8. 2019 Tuesday, Thursday
20.—28. 7. 2019, 3.—11. 8. 2019 Every day

10.40 departure from the big parking place next to the Brajda sports park in Tolmin
13.30 return ride from Javorca


FREE Tolmin Shuttle Bus – Tolmin Gorges

from 29th June till 1st September 2019
non-stop between 10.00 and 16.00


FROM TOLMIN, big parking place next to the Brajda sports park
from the 20th July till the 18th August
every full hour between 10.00 and 16.00


The purpose of the organized transport is to relieve the road from Zatolmin and the overcrowded parking lot in the Tolmin Gorge.

Tolmin Shuttle Bus Schedule



Soča Valley Tourist Board - TIC Tolmin

Petra Skalarja 4, SI-5220 Tolmin
T: +386 (0)5 380 04 80


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Javorca - memorial Church of the Holy Spirit


    Javorca, memorial Church of the Holy Spirit

    High above the stream of the Tolminka rises a wooden shrine – the Memorial Church in Javorca.


    Javorca, Szentlélek emléktemplom

    Magasan a Tolminka folyó medre felett emelkedik egy fából készült SZENTÉLY – A SZENTLÉLEK EMLÉKTEMPLOM A JAVORCÁBAN (szlov. Javorca).