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The Parish Church in Bled

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, altrough 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 Vanca - 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, Jo瀍 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.

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