Church of St Martin
Visit the neo-Gothic church with a rich history and pieces made by the greatest masters of Slovenian architecture and art.
Parish church in Bled
The first chapel at the place of St Martin's Church was built before the year 1000. The current neo-Gothic church was built in 1905 at the site of the former Gothic church from the 15th century. It was initially planned that the new church would be built according to the plans of Prof Friedrich von Schmidt, the author of the city hall in Vienna, but the church's interior was completely altered by architect Josip pl. Vancaš. Restorer Janez Vurnik from Radovljica also contributed to the artistic interior, since he designed most plastic pieces in the church and made them from the best Carrara marble.
The artistic and architectural pieces in the church and its surroundings feature various styles and periods. The interior of the church was painted with frescoes from 1932 to 1937 by academic painter Slavko Pengov. Before the Second World War, the greatest Slovenian architect, Jože Plečnik, designed the garden wayside shrine that stands in front of the church. The preserved walls of the church date back to the 15th century and remind us of the times of Turks invasions.