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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 2020

16. 5. – 24. 6. Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
25. 6. – 30. 8. Every day 10 a.m.  7 p.m.
31.8. – 18.10. Every day 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Javorca - PRICELIST 2020

Adults 4,00 €
Children (from 6 to 18 years) 2,00 €
students* (up to 26 years), seniors**(over 65 years) 3,20 €
Family ticket 2+2 10,00 €
every next child 1,00 €
Group ticket, adults (over 10 people) 3,20 €
Group ticket, children (over 10 childen) 1,60 €
children (0-5 years), disabled persons* free
with the Julian Alps card: Soča Valley free

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  • A combined ticket is possible Javorca + Tolmin GorgeIn this case a 50% discount on the admission to Javorca applies.
  • * Student tickets are available only upon presenting a valid student ID card, confirming the status and identity of the student.
  • ** To receive the discount, please show the appropriate identity card.

Outside the schedule

Groups up to 9 persons 70,00 € / group
Groups 10 - 25 persons 100,00 € / group
Groups 26 - 50 persons 130,00 € / group

Javorca - Masses

In the year 2020 all masses are canceled

13. 4. 2020 Easter Monday - by the Old Catholic Order of St. Benedict
31. 5. 2020  Pentecost, in honor of Holy Spirit
25. 6. 2020  for the homeland
June 2020 Orthodox holy Mass
11. 11. 2020  For peace - on the anniversary of the end of World War I


Javorca - Traffic regime

Between 25 June and 27 September, a special traffic regime applies on the road to the Tolminka Valley.

Traffic is prohibited:

  • for motorhomes all days of the week,
  • for motor vehicles on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

You can use organized public transport during the closure.


Public transport to Javorca 2020 | 1.9. - 27.9.

Saturday, Sunday, public holiday

9.00 9.30 9.45 10.15
11.00 11.30 11.45 12.15
13.00 13.30 13.45 14.15
15.00 15.30 15.45 16.15
16.30 17.00 17.15 17.45

Tuesday, Thursday

10.45 11.15 13.30 14.00



2 €  / person / ride
Children up to 10 years free.

Shuttle Bus departure in Tolmin

Parking lot at Sport center Brajda

When we reach the parking lot under Javorca by bus, a 15-20 minute walk uphill follows along a concrete path to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.



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).