Lake Bled, covered with legends
• Lake Bled, covered with legends
The Julian Alps in Slovenia is a small glacial lake, from which emanates a mysterious mystery. The unusual lake in that in the middle of the lake is the only island in Slovenia, which is a Catholic chapel of the Assumption of the 16th century. And on a steep cliff, which hangs over the lake, is the oldest in Slovenia Bled castle.
A total of 10 km of Lake Bled share of the capital Ljubljana, Slovenia. The maximum depth of the lake has 30 m. Northern wind does not get to the lake, thanks to the presence of hot, so its temperature is in July and August can reach 25 degrees.
In the Middle Ages was called impregnable castle was the center of Bled and possessions of the bishop. Already in the nineteenth century Bled castle became private property. And during the construction of railways, the lake castle become landmarks and tourist center in Slovenia.
One of the legends associated with the lake chapel states that if the punch at the bell, which is located in the chapel, making a wish, it will come true.
One of the legends associated with the lake tells of inconsolable widow who suffered after her husband - the owner of the castle, was killed by bandits. It was she who helped cast the bells in the chapel. However, when the bell brought the island to develop a strong storm, during which time the boat capsized and all boatmen were killed. After this tragedy, the woman went to a Roman convent, and there learned of her sad story Pope. Then the Pope ordered to cast a new bell and deliver it in Bled. This bell, which is known as the "Bell of Wishes", was produced in Padova in 1534.
It is said that the ringing of bells lost at the bottom of Lake Bled sometimes distinctly heard at night during a storm.
In 1809, the Bled belonged to France, due to lack of financial resources, the French began to sell the bell from the church on the island. He survived only "bell desires."
The staircase, which has 99 stone steps, still retains an old wedding tradition: the groom must carry the bride in his arms upward through all 99 levels, thus proving that he is ready for marriage.
In the Middle Ages there was a Slavic temple. One legend says that it was a temple of the goddess of love. In addition, there 124 ancient Slavic burial was found, dating back to 9-11 centuries.
Bled Castle - a building at a height of 130 meters on a cliff above the lake. The first mentions of the castle date back to 1004 year. Since then, the castle repeatedly rebuilt and expanded.
Lake Bled - located in major international competitions in rowing. On the lake there is the World Championships (1966, 1979, 1989, 2011) and Europe (1956) and World Cup (2010).