Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, Bled

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Poised dramatically in a middle of the lake, Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria is famous for its 99 steps and its good-luck "wishing bell." The first stone church on the island was erected at the site of a pagan shrine dedicated to Slavic goddess of fertility in the 12th century. Damaged by an earthquake, the structure was restored in the Baroque style in the 17th century. Look for the remains of Gothic frescos and a 15th-century wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, which survived the earthquake. Many weddings take place on the island, and the ritual of the groom carrying the bride up the 99 steps before ringing the bell is considered good luck. Climb the bell tower to see the inner mechanisms of its clock and take in views of the lake and surrounding landscape. Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Bled Edition.
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  • It is unacceptable to pay €6 to see a church! Even if that gives right to climb the Campanile next door. That said, this baroque church is pretty, including its golden altar and frescoes.
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  • Beautiful church with an interesting history. Worth having a look at while visiting the Island. I got married in this church so it's of course a special place to me, but apart from that it's indeed wo...  more »
  • Bled Island is one of the more picturesque views you'll encounter while in the Alps region of Slovenia. You cruise to the island aboard a beautifully maintained flat-bottomed boat with a brightly colo...  more »
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  • Little island is lovely. Don't bother buying a ticket to go inside the church u less you want to see the beautiful rococco altar etc. Otherwise the views are free.
  • The pletna trip is a treat and this island is so neat!
  • Amazing architecture!
  • It gets crowded during the summer, but it's still nice to see.
  • Iconic little church you have to see. It's usually quite crowded