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The Church on the Island, Lake Bled, Slovenia

By Bookerblood
According to a legend which stayed with the people, the temple of the ancient Slavic goddess Živa, once stood in the place of the present Baroque church. The temple disappeared during battles between the followers of the pagan religion and Christians, who destroyed the altar and built a church.

On the Bled island, archaeologists have discovered traces of prehistoric (11th to 8th centuries B.C.) and Slavic (9th to 10th century) settlements. In the early Middle Ages a pre-Christian, probably Old Slavic cult area stood at the location of the present day church. 124 graves with skeletons from the 9th to the 11th century were found. The foundations of a pre-Romanesque chapel which was built during the process of Christianisation, also date from approximately the same period - this is probably the only discovered example of a cult building from those times on Slovenian territory. According to written sources, the first masonry church on the island, a three-nave Romanesque basilica, was consecrated by the Aquilean patriarch Pellegrino in 1142.

In the 15th century, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style: a new presbytery, a freestanding bell tower and the main altar were built. The renovated single-nave church was consecrated in 1465 by the first bishop of Ljubljana, count Žiga Lamberg.

In 1509 it was damaged by an earthquake to such an extent that it required thorough renovation, and this was carried out in the Baroque style. Only the frescoes in the presbytery and a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, which probably adorned the main altar, were preserved from the previous Gothic church.

Tags: Landscape and travel Lake bled Church on the Island

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Minty805 Plus
2 15 4 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2018 2:43PM
A very attractive, different view of a famous scene. Thanks for the interesting write-up. Allan

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JuBarney Plus
7 29 4 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2018 8:12PM
Beautiful through the rushes
RSK Plus
8 4 Canada
10 Aug 2018 8:26PM
The view from through the reeds adds a nice mood to the composition.

Thanks guys. A memorable walk around the beuatiful lake offered up many great spots
Toobi_Won 7 59 4 England
4 Sep 2018 12:38PM
Beautiful place Dave and wonderful people!
My niece was married three years ago at the Villa Bled, Tito's old summer palace.
To finish, the groom had to row the bride across the lake to the island and then carry her up the 99? steps, without stopping or speaking, to the church to ring the bell.
Supposed to be an old Slovenian tradition.
A form of Slovenian birth control more like! Sad
Yeah, saw the Tito place but didn't have time to visit. However strange the supposed custom, what a memorable start to a marriage.

We walked down the hundreds of steps from the castle and then around one of the cleanest, most idyllic lakes I have seen. You will be aware that petrol and diesel craft are banned from the lakes which safeguards the purity of the water and the eardrums! Just electric and hand-propelled traffic. We are missing a trick and I fear values will slip further when we leave E.U. regulations.

P.s I also rang the Bell.

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