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Legend of the Sunken Bell 2020

Watch the magical sinking of the bell, honoring an old legend

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Every year on the 25th of December people gather around Lake Bled to witness the sinking of the bell. In complete darkness the luminous bell slowly sinks into the lake creating a truely magical spectacle.

Celebrating Legend of the Sunken Bell on the streets of Bled 2020
Celebrating Legend of the Sunken Bell on the streets of Bled
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This tradition celebrates an old, sad Slovenian legend. Once an honourable man was killed by robbers and his body was thrown into Lake Bled. His grieving widow who lived in the castle near the lake, to honor her beloved husband, ordered a big bell to be made from all the gold and silver she owned. But due to a huge storm the boat that carried the bell sunk in the lake. The widow could not take it—she sold all her belongings and with this money paid for the construction of a new church. And then she left Bled and became a nun in Rome. Long after her death, the Pope heard the sad story of her life and gave the order to make the new bell.

Watching the Sunkin Bell 2020
Watching the Sunkin Bell
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So, pay your respects to the true virtuous widow of Bled Lake and witness the spellbinding spectacle of the sinking bell.

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