Holy Spirit Church

Bale, Croatia

Holy Spirit Church in Bale is remarkable for its colourful frescoes on the ceiling and walls. It was built in the 15th century. Its interior, constructed with regular stone blocks with stone pavement-slates, is decorated with fresco paintings by Albert from Constance. Together with usual scenes of the Christological cycle on the sanctuary side walls, Albert also painted the scene of the Throne of Mercy with the saints on the wall abovethe altar. The frescoes at the entrance of the church depict angels and hell.


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Castel ulica 96, Bale, Croatia
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Croatia


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Szilard (7 months ago)
Very cozy little town. It is full of many old town sights and historical attractions.
Zdenko Brkanic (13 months ago)
A small Istrian place that has a lot to show the guest of purpose. The church is beautifully decorated and, if possible, take the time to look at its basements hiding historical beauties. said that the key is a woman who saves and arranges so if we are interested in going to her. The church is open to us and the gentlemen took us and explained how to say it from the ground up to the roof. thanks once!
salvatore spanò (2 years ago)
Valle or Bale is a little city just a little far away from the sea and at 20 minutes by car from Rovinji. It Bale you can find this church that is a beautiful example of architecture displayed in Croatia. I wasn't lucky enough to find it open, so I cannot say anything on the inside of the church itself. Outside it is huge and very massive and if you use imagination it ain't diffucult to hear horses and knights sounds.
Sanja Vratović (2 years ago)
Najljepša crkva u Istri i šire ♥️
Laura Righetti (2 years ago)
Paesino pieno di chiese delizioso
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