Legend of the Sunken Bell
Christmas afternoon, on December 25 at 5 PM, one of the most beautiful Bled legends, the famous legend of the wishing bell, which has been making wishes come true for hundreds of year on Bled Island, will be re-enacted on the surface of Lake Bled by the Castle Bathing Area with the cooperation of the divers of the Bled Society for Underwater Activities, the Chupacabra juggling group, the soprano Janja Hvala and others.
LEGEND OF THE SUNKEN BELL
Once upon a time there lived a young widow in the castle of Bled. Her husband was killed by robbers and his body was thrown into the lake. She was so inconsolable that she gathered all her gold and silver and cast a bell for the chapel on the island, in memory to her husband. But the bell didn’t arrive there. The bell, the boat and boatmen sank during a terrible storm. The desperate widow sold all her property after this accident. She offered the proceeds for the construction of a new church on the island. She left Bled and lived the rest of her life in Rome as a nun. After her death the Pope had heard of her misfortune and of her good deeds during her life as a nun, so in memory to her he decide to make a new bell. He said that anyone that rings the bell three times and believes in God, his or her wish would come true. Even today sometimes, on a dark night you can hear the sunken bell ringing from the depths of the lake.