Bled Castle MuseumMuseum exhibition in the former residential rooms of the Bled Castle portrays, how people used, through centuries, their environment in view of the natural and habitational conditions.
1. 8. 2015

Museum exhibition on the history of Bled and its environs

Bled with its environs is an exceptional example of how people used, through centuries, their environment in view of the natural and habitational conditions, and in relation to the development of their culture – as currently portrayed by the museum exhibition set up in 14 chambers of the former residential rooms in the castle by the National Museum of Slovenia in collaboration with several other Slovene museums and private collectors.

The Exhibition

The exhibited original artefacts (a total of some 400) and replicas are supplemented by the reconstructed images of the former inhabitants, by the models of Bled Castle and relief model of Bled landscape. The two virtual film presentations speak about the functioning of Bohinj Glacier and the history of Bled Castle construction, while the short documentary films present, with their rich pictorial material and original sequences, the archaeological heritage of the ancient Castle, the outset of spa tourism at Bled, the Bohinj railway, and various cultural and sports manifestations at Bled.

The origin of today’s landscape, as shaped by the glacier, is part of presentation of the geological and natural environment and of the gradual development of cultural landscape that integrates the heritage of various periods. The archaeological finds speak, together with documented remains of settlements, graveyards, sanctuaries, hillforts and roads, about the way of habitation by individuals and communities, about the people’s attitude towards nature, and how they were torn between earth and sky.

Here, numerous traces were left by the Ice Age hunters, the first Stone Age tillers and stockbreeders, the Copper, Bronze and Iron Age settlers by whom metals were already used, as well as by indigenous inhabitants from the Roman Period and Late Antiquity. The Bled Corner (Blejski kot) is also one of the archaeologically best researched areas in Slovenia for the Early Mediaeval and Early Slavic Period, when villages and roads, as still recognized in the cultural landscape today, were built.

At the exhibition, the data and depictions from historical sources (kept in the archives in Slovenia and abroad) delineate, together with the exhibited artefacts, the Bled feudal dominion owned by the Brixen Diocese from Tyrol through the period of eight centuries (1004–1803). The development of Bled into a health and tourist resort in the 19th and 20th centuries is presented with exhibits, films and depictions of notable people and events.

The millenium old Bled Castle, however, is not merely an exhibition ground from which the renowned islet with its pilgrim church in the middle of the lake can be admired, but a component part of the exhibition, too. As a monument and scenic viewpoint in space and time, preserved and interacting with each other at Blejski kot, it presents, together with the exhibition, the heritage, valuable feature, stimulation and challenge not only to the locals but all Bled visitors as well.


Bled Castle