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The Island in Lake Bled, Slovenia

The Island in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia is not a big country. As a matter of fact, it is a relatively small country and by area, it’s only the 150th country in the world. It may be small, but it is very picturesque nevertheless. As you might expect, in a small country, the islands are also small. This is Bled Island in Lake Bled. It is in the Top 5 of Slovenian islands and you can cross it in less than 3 minutes…

Archaeologists have discovered traces of prehistoric and early Slavic settlements on the island. There used to be a temple of the Slavic goddess of life Živa. Later, the temple was replaced by a Christian chapel. In 1142 a Romanesque basilica was consecrated. The Church of the Assumption of Mary in its present form was built in the 17th century.

Isn’t this place beautiful? The only way to get to Bled Island is by a traditional, wooden boat, called in Slovenian pletna. To get an elevated view of the island and the surrounding area you don’t a drone. There are fantastic vantage points on the nearby mountains. I recommend taking several lenses with you. Telephoto lenses are good for shots like this one, but wide angle lenses are even more useful. Yes, you will have to climb the mountains carrying your gear in your backpack. There are no cable cars, funiculars or anything similar in Bled.

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