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  • [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.

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In the Slovenian Alps, an Island on an Emerald Lake Beckons

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    amanda posted on 2017/11/15
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