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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  • Our guide told us a very interesting story about the origin of the church and the wishing bell. The present form of the church dates from the 17th century when it was renovated after another earthquak...  more »
  • This is a wonderful church with great history. Unfortunately, one must pay 6 euros for nothing! There is no information available inside. At one time, when it was free, there were diagrams and informa...  more »
  • A must go place when in Bled, SLovenia. The place captures the serenity as well as the history of the medieval place. Very calming and one will be lost for words to describe its beauty.  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