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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Stefan Dugalić (4 months ago)
Great, cosy place with nice church, and a good luck charm if you ring the bell ??
Alf Hofstetter (5 months ago)
Church of the Assumption of Mary: In the Northwestern Slovenia below the Julian Alps is the most beautiful Lake Bled. The small 2.1 x1.3 Km lake has a tiny small Island holding a Church dedicated to Mary. The current structure was built in the 17th century but has Gothic Frescos dating back to 1470. A significant 99 step staircase leads up to the church with a magnifying Tower of 52 meter height. The Church is only accessible by wooden boats (Pletna's) which have their origin from Bavarian Lakes as this entire region was once under the control of the 'Franken' in todays Bavaria.
Andrea Paganini (6 months ago)
this church should be visited if you are in the Blead Lake area; it is on the beautiful island in the Blead Lake; this island is not in the middle, but close to one shore and so it can be reached only by boat (you can rent it on the shore)
Carl Perazzola (8 months ago)
Incredible place. We visited church by a boat ride (pletna). We also climbed the stairs. Gave the wife a ride on my back to honor the tradition for good luck. Then later found out we went up the wrong stairs lol.
Carl Perazzola (8 months ago)
Incredible place. We visited church by a boat ride (pletna). We also climbed the stairs. Gave the wife a ride on my back to honor the tradition for good luck. Then later found out we went up the wrong stairs lol.
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