The church of St. Johann in Ranui, Val di Funes, Doloomites, Sud Tyrol, Italy


The small white baroque church of St. John of Nepomuk at Ranui was commissioned in 1744 by a mine owner called Michael von Jenner, who built it near its medieval ranch Ranuihof. St Johann in Ranui Church has various references dedicated to the patron saint John of Nepomuk, who was declared a saint in 1729 (inscriptions on its facade, frescoes, decorations on the inside walls of the church, 9 different paintings about John, and a garland shaped start on its roof).

While St Johann in Ranui Church is housed in an attractive building, it is most known due to its beautiful scenic location in the Funes Valley in the Dolomites, just in front of the Geisler Peaks of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park. This makes St Johann In Ranui Church picture-perfect! The Legend Around John Of Nepomuk Legend has it that John of Nepomuk was tortured, martyred, and drowned in the Vltava River in the Czech Republic, after which his remains were found near a star-shaped garland. Since then, he is considered to be the patron saint of all people in danger of drowning.


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