For pilgrims, the path to Good
The staircase on Bled Island’s southern side was built in the 17th century and is made of local conglomerate rock. Next to the staircase stands a small chapel erected in gratitude to the Mother of God.
It is one of the most picturesque and famous buildings on Bled Island. The Staircase symbolism was primarily tied to the sacred, pilgrimage significance of the place.
Touching the sky
The staircase symbolizes the way to God, when we ascend we become cleaner, better, more open: “below” is a metaphor for the insignificant and worthless, and “above” for the noble, good and right. The staircase tells us, “You go up, to the temple of prayer, closer to God.” Significantly, with the view from the harbour, the highest island step touches the sky.
With the bride in his arms
The staircase is also especially symbolic for newly-weds. Many grooms climb the famous staircase with their brides in their arms on the wedding day. By this act, the groom proves to be a mature and reliable man who will be able to offer his wife a secure marital status.
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.