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The Bled lake with an island

 


The Bled lake with an island - presentation

Bled Island with the church of Mary is a true pearl in the middle of Lake Bled and one of the most recognizable Slovenian landmarks.

The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is up to 2120 m long and up to 1380 m wide, its maximum depth being 30.6 m and tectonic in origin. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. The basin was filled with water when the ice melted. The lake has no large natural tributaries; it is fed only by a few springs.
 

The church with its golden central altar and three black marble side altars has been rebuilt several times and is known for its free standing bell tower. 99 stone steps lead to the platform with the church, bell tower, churchkeeper's house, dean's house and hermitary. Many people come here to ring the church's wishing bell, said to bring good luck.

The island, which was once the site of a temple to the Slavic goddess of love, can be reached by special boats called »pletnja«.

 




 


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