This is me being helped by an elderly slovene woman. I was struggling in pulling the rope ( there is a certain technique,as i've been told ).
They were a really nice friendly group. The old woman led them in a prayer, and they all joined in a group singing. I closed my eyes and said my own prayers as well. And though i couldn't understand the words of what they were singing, the melody of the songs were really beautiful.
What made that time really special?, I could have come here on some other miserably damp, cold, rainy day, and go inside this church and just find it empty,cold, and ordinary... ..... but instead on this very day i felt lucky to come here, with these strangers around me, filling that small church with their songs,that in this lifetime i may never have the chance to know what they mean,and yet it has given me one of my most cherished memory of this place.
When you come to Bled and visit the island on the lake, don't miss to ring the bell and make a wish. It'll come true...at least mine did!
The bell's from 1534 and it's in the upper roof above the church nave. It was made by Patavina from Padova.
The fairytale-picture doesn't only end in the presence of this medieval church/ chapel, in this country's only islet, in the middle of a pristine, blue-green beautiful lake, it is only the beginning.
And like all other fairytales, with happy endings, it all starts with a wish.
Inside this church, you will see a rope dangling from the ceiling, attached to the bell, and as they say, as you pull that rope...close your eyes, and make a wish.
On visits to the church on Bled Island, don't forget to ring the bell and make a wish. For what it's worth - it worked for me as my last wish came true.
A word of advice - tug the rope gentle but firmly 3-4 times. This will get the bell to ring. Some folks jerk it real hard or fast and they accomplish nothing. Some were evening pulling so hard that they were swinging on the robe across the church's floor. I will try to post a funny picture of that.