The Virgin Mary is the protector of the Slovenian nation, and Brezje is the country's national sanctuary which has been attracting pilgrims since 1863. In the 14th or 15th century St. Vitus's church stood on the site of today's pilgrimage church in Brezje. The Chapel of Mary was added to the building in 1814 when painter Leopold Layer, as a token of his gratitude for being saved from prison, painted the image of mother Mary after a motif from Innsbruck.
Facade of basilica is adorned with mosaic symbols, inscriptions, rosettes and other decorative artistic features according to the plans of the architect Ivan Vurnik from Radovljica. The area in front of the basilica is designed according to the plans of the Jože Plečnik. In the park there is a statue of the holy family and a monument to Pope John Paul II, who declared St. Vitus's church a basilica in 1988. Next to the basilica is a Franciscan monastery, built in 1898 in which the modern Nativity Museum was opened in 2017.
Summer: Monday - Saturday: 7am, 8.3am, 10am, 4pm, 7pm Sundays and holidays: 7am, 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 4pm, 7pm
Winter: Monday - Friday: 7am, 10am, 6pm Saturdays: 7am, 8.30am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm
Sundays and holidays: 7am, 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 4pm, 6pm