How to Photograph Jamnik Church View

By Ian Middleton

Disclosure:

This website and its articles contain links and adverts. The adverts and some links, but not all, are affiliate links. This means that if you click and buy something I will receive a small percentage of money, but at no extra cost to you. The price remains the same if you buy.

Little village of Jamnik

Perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and storzic mountain in the background is the church of Saints Primus and Felician in the little village of Jamnik, which might otherwise be passed off as just another hilltop village. In this article I’m going to show you the best places to get photographs of this great church and view.

Jamnik Church is one of Slovenia’s most photographed views, and rightly so. Whether you are religious or not, you cannot deny that being up here makes you feel closer to God. The early Christian saints and missionaries certainly knew where to build their churches for maximum peace and inspiration. A view like this could convert even the most fervent atheist.

The church sits at 831 metres atop a bare green hill surrounded by forested hillsides and commands panoramic views of the Ljubljana Basin to the south, Kamnik Alps to the east, Karavanke Alps to the north and the Julian Alps to the west.

Like many churches in Slovenia, it’s lit at night so it’s a great location for dawn and dusk photos, especially when surrounded by morning mist.

View from down below

You can get a clear view of the church from the motorway as you head north from Ljubljana. It’s visible just before and after the tunnel near Brezje. Take the exit off the motorway on the north side of the tunnel and then right into the little village of Dobro Polje. From a bus stop in Dobro Polje you can take a photo if you have a good telephoto lens. I often stop here at dusk on the way back from Bled to photograph it with a 400mm.

From this viewpoint the church looks like a beacon shining bright for all to see at night. And in actual fact, this hilltop was just that during the era of the Ottoman raids when locals lit a big fire on the hill to warn everyone in the surrounding area of an impending attack.

These are my two favourites so far:

The illuminated beacon of the Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau and shining through the breaking storm clouds at dusk
Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau at dusk
Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician seen from the roadside in the village of Dobro Polje

Main view from the top

View from the layby of Jamnik Church
View from the layby of Jamnik Church

To get to the church, head north from Ljubljana on the motorway towards Kranj and Jesenice, take the exit for Brezje and head towards the iron-forging village of Kropa. Here, go straight through and drive up the twisty hill that follows. At the top of the hill you’ll be in Jamnik, and you won’t be able to miss the church on the left. If there is space, you can park at small layby on the corner from where the footpath to the church starts. There’s also an interesting, less photographed, view through the trees to the church here:

There is a layby further along that is usually lined with firewood. You’ll often see cars parked here, although it’s advisable not to. There is also a place a little further down where people park, but this is a turning place for the local place so you might find yourself in trouble if you do.

The roadside view beside the pile of firewood is the most popular viewpoint for photographing the church. From here you get a lovely view of the church with the Kamnik Alps and Storzic Mountain behind it. Many of the photos you see will have been taken from this viewpoint, including these ones:

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at sunrise, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.
Getting close with a telephoto lens

View from the gravel road below

However, there is another viewpoint on a little gravel road just below, so head down the steps from the first layby and at the sign at the bottom go right and walk along the gravel track. From this point the church and the mountains are more in line.

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at dawn, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.
From the gravel road below at dusk
Full moon rising during the Blue Hourover Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and Storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.
Full Moon rising over Jamnik Church and Storzic Mountain

Spring and summer sunrise

Around the end of May through the summer the sun will rise from behind the Kamnik Alps. If you time it right, and get the right position then some spectacular photos can be made.

In particular, at the end of May as it moves northwards, the sun will rise right behind Storzic, the volcano-shaped mountain behind. In July it will do so again as it travels back southwards. The photo at the top of this blog was taken end of May, and the ones below was taken in May and July.

The path towards the church

The path towards the church also provides some great viewpoints, especially from this tree:

Church through the tree
Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician in winter at sunrise, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and Storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.
Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician in winter at sunrise,

View from the roadside between the village and Kropa

There is another viewpoint that you cannot miss when you are driving up from Kropa.

Further along past the village

When there is fresh snow on the mountains this can be a great viewpoint.

Don't forget to look around

Of course although the church is the main attraction here, the views of the surrounding hills are also great. You can see many other little hilltop churches from this viewpoint, such as Sveti Jost near the city of Kranj:

The hills around Jamnik on a spring morning and a view across to the church of Sv Jost above Kranj, Slovenia
The hills around Jamnik on a spring morning and a view across to the church of Sv Jost above Kranj, Slovenia

Jamnik is easy to reach

Jamnik is easy to reach by car. If you like to hike, you can also park your car in the village of Kropa and hike the walking trail up to the church.

Full Moon Rising

On December 22nd 2018, the full moon rose right beside Storzic. I was there. Watch my video to see it all, and my photos:

It happens every year. Read more about it here in my other article:
Full Moon at Blue Hour over Jamnik Church

SUnrise

Every year in May and July the sun also rises over Storzic from this view point. Watch my video here to see more.

Find this and other great photography locations using Photohound

close
SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER AND GET
25% OFF MY PRINTS & A FREE EBOOK

Subscribe and receive my regular newsletter to get the latest information about my workshops, new tutorials, videos, new photos and more.

All new subscribers get an exclusive 25% discount code off prints of my photos from my online shop plus a free download of my ebook: A Practical Guide to Photography. Code and download link will be emailed to you upon successful signup

I don’t spam! Read my privacy policy for more info.

Disclosure:

This website and its articles contain links and adverts. The adverts and some links, but not all, are affiliate links. This means that if you click and buy something I will receive a small percentage of money, but at no extra cost to you. The price remains the same if you buy.

“As an Amazon affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases”

A practical guide to photography by Ian Middleton.
Buy my book

Shedding light on all the photography basics in one book.

Buy fine art photography prints: canvas, metal, framed, acrylic, wood and more.

Find a rental car with Discover Cars



Smugmug - 15% discount
15% discount off all new Smugmug accounts

Save 15% off any new SmugMug account when you click this banner. No coupon needed.

Unlimited Photo Storage