Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, Bled

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#8 of 20 in Historic Sites in Upper Carniola Region
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • This church is on an island in the middle of lake Bled. You must go there when in Bled. You take the small boat and climb the steps to reach the church. The church is well maintained and it is one of ...  more »
  • Once you get to the island, you must go inside the church and ring the bell three times for good luck.  more »
  • An entrance fee for this church but I guess you can't go to the island without going in. I didn't mange to ring the bell not matter how hard I tried. I'm guessing they tied up the ringer! The fee incl...  more »
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  • Its a good place to be in an island. 4euro entry fee for you to be able to ring the bell or go inside! 14euro for the boat ride! 1hour & you must go back again!
  • This little island is pure paradise, with its gorgeous surrounding nature and attractive (&well-maintained) old church and fortress.
  • Historic Church. Must visit while in Slovenia. Located in this island.
  • Beautiful even in the rain!
  • 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.

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Romantic landscapes and no shortage of fine lodging options make Bled one of Slovenia's top tourist destinations. The town's luxurious hotels sit right on the shores of its eponymous lake, providing elegantly furnished rooms loaded with modern amenities, as well as sweeping views of the water and the surrounding area. For a more budget-friendly option, check out the town's mid-range hotels and family-run hostels, which provide friendly service and tidy rooms a walk away from the city's major sights.
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