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 may cost 6 euros for this and the tower, but if you've rowed all the way over (which I would highly recommend) you should do this. When in the church, you can take your go at ringing the bell using...  more »
  • In a rowing boat landed on the islet. The winds on the Lake 11 / it was sunny, but cold. And up the stone steps from the pier is the Church of our Lady of the assumption. In the 17th century is rebuilt in the Baroque style of the current boundaries. Cue the bells struck three times and to be happy that the Bell Tower. Through the automatic ticket gates to barcode the Bell Tower. Great view overlooking the Lake. You can enjoy the Lake from a different angle so you can circumnavigate the island from a side street of the Church Street.
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  • This lovely little church sits on top of the island on Lake Bled! You ring the bell 3 times and make a wish! 
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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