The Villa Bled, formerly Marshall Tito's villa in the hills just outside Bled. It was turned into a luxury hotel with a presidential suite afterwards. We did not dare to approach the building itself, and therefore we made this picture from a great distance.
Only twenty kilometers separate these lakes, so different that no one should visit one without seeing the other. Which one is the most beautiful?
Well... I think that is a very... very difficult question. Just go and see, and decide for yourself.
Look closely at this building. Can you see what it has in common with the White House in Washington DC? This is the Villa Bled and it is built from the same marble as the White House, Island Braè From Dalmatia. The associations don't however stop there.
The Villa Bled, like the White House has also welcomed a huge number of world leaders because Marshall Josip Broz Tito, President for life of Yugoslavia, commandeered it in 1947 as a guest house for visiting dignitaries.
It sits high on the hill at the far side of the lake from the Castle and commands one of the most spectacular views in Slovenia.
Today it is a hotel. Look at the Accommodation tips for more info.
The present baroque church dates from 1698. Well preserved frescoes depict scenes from the life of Virgin Mary. Ring the wishing bell, which was installed in the original Gothic church in 1534. According to local tradition, a husband who can carry his newly married bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage, and ringing the bell in the church will fulfill one of your wishes.
Bled Island is the only natural island in the whole of Slovenia. The most important building on the island is the Assumption Church of Mary, built in the 15th century. Weddings are still held in this church. The church has a a stairway of 99 steps leading up to a 52m tower.
The Blejski Grad or Castle of Bled was built on top of a 130 meter cliff overlooking lake Bled, located in Bled, Slovenia. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.
The castle was first mentioned in 1.004 which makes it one of the oldest in Slovenia. The oldest part of the castle is the romanesque tower.
Note: Info taken from the net.
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Many people, maybe all of them, go to Bled for the lake, so, i'll give you some facts.
The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is up to 2.120 m. long and up to 1.380 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.
Note: Info taken from the net.
On Otok (the island in the middle of Lake Bled), the Church of the Assumption is the most prominent building. The church itself is rather small, but intricately decorated. The biggest draw inside for tourists is to ring the bell, which according to legend will cause any wish made to come true. Since I didn't turn into Tom Brady, I can only assume Sara did something wrong.
To get to the church, you must either take a pletna or rent a boat. It then costs an additional EUR 3 per person to explore the island.
No petrol motors allowed on this lake, take a gondola style visit to the only island in Slovenia, that in the centre of this lake with its monastery. These are very skilled rowers although you could take you're own rowing boat, see my next trip.
The best way to see Bled is on foot. The walk around the lake is 6 KM and its a very easy hike . We enjoyed it especially in the evening. It took us longer than the expected 2 hours , as we stopped often to enjoy the magnificant view.
Walk past the private beach club area, along a shady path following the lake and you will come to the public beach. It’s very popular and crowded, especially on Sunday. There is a place to buy drinks and food. The water is cool but so refreshing. If you’re lucky you’ll nab a bench…easier than sitting on the grass.
In the center of the lake on Slovenia's only real island is the Church of the Assumption. It dates back hundreds of years. For 12 Euros you could row out to the island for a closer look . We were too lazy on the hot June days we were there for so much physical activity and opted to enjoy the view from the shore.
Experts have reconstructed the architectural development of the island church of St. Mary of the Assumption. In the early Middle Ages where the church stands today, there was a pre-Christian, probably old Slavic place of worship. 124 graves containing skeletons dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries have been discovered on the island. The foundations of a Pre-Romanesque chapel were laid in this period. In all likelihood this building reflects the work of Pavlin, the Patriarch of Aquilea, a contemporary of Charlemagne.
The first traces of Brixen rule on the island are the foundations of the Romanesque chapel, built on the site of the Pre-Romanesque. The three-nave basilica, whose foundations are clearly visible and well-preserved, was probably built in the middle of the 12th century.
The single-nave Gothic church with its large free-standing belfry was built on the southern side in 1465, when Sigmund Lamberg, the first Bishop of Ljubljana consecrated the new presbytery and the main altar.
The free-standing belfry is a special feature, as it shows the typical influence of the Venetian school. The belfry is 52 m in height and is characterized by its Gothic arch above the entrance, which was built in the 14th to 15th centuries from stone known as buckwheat grain due to its numerous holes.
On the site of the Gothic church a Pre-Baroque church was built in the middle of the 17th century, and then reconstructed in 1685. The three side altars made of black marble are the work of the Ljubljana stonemasons M. Cusse and F. Ferrata. The images by an unknown master reflect the Venetian school of the 17th century. The fourth side altar, dedicated to St. Ana dates from the end of the 17th century, and the image within it is from the Layer workshop in Kranj. The Baroque main altar has richly gilded carvings and dates from the 1740’s. The altar sculptures represent the donors of the Bled lands, Emperor Henry II and his wife Kunigunda. The wooden reliefs on the altar table and the tabernacle are from the second half of the 19th century. The church was renovated in 1972.
A special feature of the island church is the wishing bell, which attracts many tourists. It was manufactured in Padova in 1534. The bells in the belfry date from the first half of the 18th century. The other buildings and the protective walls were finally completed in the 17th century.
The island in the middle of Lake Bled is without doubt one of the premier attractions of the area, which surprises and charms every visitor. It is verdant with greenery up to and including the buildings themselves. Many legends exist connected to the island, one of which is described in the masterpiece of the finest Slovene poet France Prešeren. The legend relates that a temple used to stand on the island, dedicated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love, and protected by Bogomila and Staroslav.
Visitors to Bled often overlook the other church in Bled in their haste to see the church of the Assumption on Bled Island. However, Bled Parish church or Succursal Church of St. Andrej is a beautiful church in its own right nestled in above a little garden and overlooked by Bled castle.
The Neo-Gothic church was built in 1905 repalceing an earlier Gothic church dating from the 15th century whihc in trun replaced a chapel dating back as far as the year 1000! The church interior is decorated with frescos by Slavko Pengov and were created between 1932 and 1937.
Joze plecnik, the famous Slovenian architect responsible for so much of Ljubljana's beautiful modern architecture, also left hhis mark on Bled church where he was involved in the design of the lovely garden laid out at the foot of the church.
Another feature of the church is the lovely design of tiles on the church roof.
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