Bled Island is much more than a wonderful impression. Discover the precious sacral and cultural heritage of the holy place in the middle of the lake.
Pilgrims from all over the world have been coming to the patron saint, Mary, of the Church of the Mother of God, for centuries. They convey their wishes, thanks and requests to her through prayer.
Along the northern coast of Bled Island, you will come across a spring source and discover the stone Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.
A building called the Hermitary was built to retreat into solitude and surrender to prayer. It was once inhabited by a hermit priest.
The ringing of the bell of desires is the voice of the soul, echoing in the sky above the lake. When you ring Mary's little bell, you will recommend yourself to the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven.
It is worth climbing the church bell tower with the restored tower clock, as it offers beautiful views of the lake, the shore and the surrounding peaks.
Once upon a time, the building next to the church was meant for priests and the care of pilgrims. Today it houses a gallery and a museum where ethnological workshops take place.
The Sexton’s house and the Provost’s House are connected by a building named Potičnica, as it always smells of freshly baked traditional Slovenian poticas.
Today, there is room for protocol purposes in the ancient sexton’s house. It was once inhabited by a sexton and his family, who took care of the island.
The impressive 99 steps climb up towards the central part of the island from the south. Climbing up the stairs is a metaphor for the way to God.
You can reach the northern island port by descending a small stone staircase. An island spring bubbles up beside it.
To the Holy Mass on Bled Island
You are invited to attend the Holy Mass in the Church of the Mother of God on the Lake. Transportation to the service is provided, as we will take you to the island sanctuary free of charge by boat Sinaj from the port in front of Villa Bled. Check the schedule of services or book Holy Mass for your purpose.
There are many reasons for unforgettable memories that you can create in Bled Island’s unique environment.
Maybe a pilgrimage or a visit to the Holy Mass will bring you to us. You may discover the culinary tradition of baking potica here. Some of you will choose the Church of the Mother of God on the Lake to conclude a holy marriage.
Many visitors to the shrine, who have always gone on pilgrimage to the island, love the Wishing Bell. When they ring the bell, they commend themselves to the Mother of God and hand over their wishes and requests in faith that she will fulfil them.