Bled

Lake Bled lies placidly in the hollow of the mountains, surrounded by thickly forested slopes. A scene opens to us resembling a place right out of a childhood fairy-tale.

Here to this isle with lake encircling round
Which nowadays is Mary’s holy shrine:
Against the sky stand tow’ring peaks snowbound,
Before them spread the fields; the fair outline
Of Castle Bled perfects the left foreground,
While rolling hills the right hand side define.
No, Carniolia has no prettier scene
Than this, resembling paradise serene.

France Prešeren, ‘The Baptism on the Savica’

These are the words from Slovenia’s national poet describing one of the most picturesque and inspiring places in the world. The town of Bled with its lovely laid back vibe is a precious gem not to be hidden from the world. Embracing a shimmering lake, the town has had a special spiritual connection with the basic elements of life for thousands of years.

Lake Bled lies placidly in the hollow of the mountains, surrounded by thickly forested slopes. A scene opens to us resembling a place right out of a childhood fairy-tale book. The island in the middle of the glacial lake hosts an enchanting little church - it seems as if it has been plucked from a scene in paradise. Even the town's symbol is a peacock - the bird of paradise - endorsing its heavenly origin. One can get to the island on a traditional wooden row barge called a 'Pletna'. There are 99 steps leading up to the island’s church and a local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during which the bride must remain silent - a true test of the stamina and strength that both the bride and groom bring to the marriage. The island’s church was built on the ruins of a temple consecrated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. Her name means "living, being, existing”. Živa is connected to the Indian god Shiva, the Gothic “heiwa” meaning family and the old Saxon god “hiwa” meaning fiancée, betrothed. Today the island is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church; visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck. Can you imagine being more blessed on your wedding day?

The lake provides not only Bled but the whole region with a unique tranquillity and positive energy which can be felt all around the town. Three places in Bled are connected by a holy triangle outlining this special energy: the island the Gradiška hill and Dobra Gora. On the island the godess Živa, on the Gradiška hill the god Veles and on Dobra gora the god Perun were worshiped. Veles (Volos) is a god of wealth, cattle and “hades”. Similar to the Nordic god Odin he is also a god of poetry and sorcery. Perun is the supreme god, the god of thunder and lightning, oaths, spring, fertiliy, rain and farming. His son Green George symbolizes the arrival of spring, the awakening of nature and fertility. They give an additional blessing to our weddings…

Primavera Bled welcomes you to Bled!

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