St. Martin's Church

Bled, Slovenia

The present neo-Gothic church, consecrated to St. Martin, was built in 1905 on the site of the previous Gothic church dating from the 15th century, although the very first chapel was erected here before the year 1000.

The new church was built following the plans of Prof. Friedrich von Schmidt (the architect of the Vienna City Hall), but these were consequently changed by architect Josip Vancaš – namely in their design of the interior. The majority of sculptures were made by restoration specialist Ivan Vurnik from Radovljica and were produced from the best Carrera marble.

The church was adorned with frescoes by painter Slavko Pengov between 1932 and 1937. In front of the church there is a garden signpost which was designed by the great Slovenian architect, Jože Plečnik, in the years before World War II. The well-preserved walls from the 15th century remind us of the periods of Turkish invasions to these lands.

This church was constructed by some of the greatest names of the Slovenian art and architecture, including Jože Plečnik. Take a look and admire the marvellous gothic architecture and frescoes.



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Founded: 1905
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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Steve Fletcher (5 months ago)
This is a beautiful little place to visit so my 3star rating is once there and up the stairs there isn’t really anything else to do it costs money to go up the tower and to ring the wishing bell ? too much really views from the tower ain’t anything special so unless you really wanna pull on the bell and make your wish come true then don’t bother . Nonetheless the row boat out to the island and the whole idea of it and the scenery still makes it a worthwhile trip . Note give the bell a miss and forget the tower but the overall trip out to the island and bk is worth it
Danilo Mazza (7 months ago)
Very nice view and panorama from here. A bit expensive all you can buy on this little island in the middle of Bled lake. Only you can access by boat. Of course you can rent a boat, we did, we were four, 20 euro for 1 hour, not too easy but funny and relaxing. You can do it as well. Enjoy it.
Mike Jones (7 months ago)
Beautiful looking church. Got to go here after getting married and being able to ring the bells in the church, as is tradition on the island.
Jiří Kalousek (10 months ago)
The church is nice but the entrance fee is 12€ which is too much I think. They really want to make money on the back of tourists here.
Stefan Dugalić (14 months ago)
Great, cosy place with nice church, and a good luck charm if you ring the bell ??
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