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The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje

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    Photo: Miran Kambič, CC BY, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Brezje, park in front of the Basilica
    Photo: Miran Kambič, CC BY, Turizem Radovljica

The national shrine of Slovenians, treasuring the famous merciful painting of Mary Help of Christians by Leopold Layer and works of architect Ivan Vurnik.

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.

Opening hours

open today


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


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Radovljica tourist board
Updated: October 02, 2019

Public transport

Arriva/Alpetour runs frequent buses from Radovljica to Črnivec bus station, which is only a short walk away from basilica.

In July and August, a special Hop-on Hop-off bus runs from Bled, Campsite Šobec and Radovljica to Begunje. Look for the timetables at the web site of Radovljica tourist board.

Getting there

Driving on the motorway from the direction of Radovljica (Bled) or Ljubljana, take exit No. 5 Brezje. Exiting the motorway drive up the hill to settlement Črnivec from where you can already see the famous pilgrimage church. Take the first exit in the roundabout and drive into Brezje village.


Extensive parking area can be found in front of the national shrine. Parking fee : 2 € per day.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje

Brezje  72
4243 Brezje
Phone ++386 (0)4 537 07 00


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