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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  • 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 »
  • The church is nothing outstanding compared to other similar chrches in Slovenia. But the location is superb so if ou are alredy on the island it is wort to visit it. Or at least take some photos from ...  more »
  • Or ring a Bell. From the Hill and offer lake views. The Church itself was whether that is good or it is not building the stairs in the Church from the.
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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