Visit the Slovenian Island on an Emerald Lake


(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Just over 30 miles away from the Slovenian capital, this alpine lake looks like it belongs on the cover of a storybook. With a fairytale cliff-side castle, an emerald green freshwater lake, and views of some of the highest
peaks of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled and its island church make a postcard-perfect scene. To visit the Assumption of Mary Church, you must catch a ride on a
wooden boat known as a plenta. Plentas have been taking
visitors to the island in the middle of the lake for centuries. Once reaching the island,
it’s a 99-stone-step climb to reach the entrance to the church. It is said that if a groom
could carry his bride up these steps and ring the
wishing bell at the top, the marriage would be a happy one. The church is most famous for this bell, which was made in the early 16th century and is said to be a gift from the Pope. Legend has it this was
the church’s second bell. The first was bought for the
church by an inconsolable widow in honor of her late husband who was murdered and then
thrown into the lake. When boatmen brought it
across to the church, an unexpected storm hit, and the bell sunk to the bottom. It is said if you listen
closely in the dead of night, you can hear the sunken bell ringing from the depths
of this picturesque lake. (upbeat music)

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