Bled – in search of the Goldhorn treasure

The Goldhorn, zlatorog in slovene, a magic animal, like the mouflon, is a legendary white chamois buck, who had his realm in the heights of Mount Triglav, is currently one of the national symbols of Slovenia. Bled is the most popualar place in this country, Bled celebrated 1011 years from the first documentation.

The Goldhorn (Zlatorog)
The Goldhorn (Zlatorog)

Goldhorn’s golden horns were the key to a treasure hidden in the mountains around Triglav. A young and brave hunter from the Trenta Valley fell in love with a beautiful girl and managed to win her heart by bringing her beautiful flowers. However, one day a rich merchant from Venice came by and tried to gain her attention by giving her golden jewellery and dancing with her. As the hunter approached the girl, she mocked him. The hunter was desperate and left. Persuaded by another hunter, called the Green hunter, who was said to have brought about the fate of several honest boys, he decided to go that very night to find Goldhorn and claim his treasure. In the morning, they found the animal, shot it and pursued it. The dying animal dragged itself onto a narrow, rocky ledge. Suddenly the boy saw on a dangerous trail the most beautiful and healing flowers. The Green hunter forced him on to catch the Goldhorn before it ate the magic Triglav flowers that grew from its blood, but it was too late. The Goldhorn had already eaten one and the flower gave it tremendous life power. It ran towards the hunter, who being blinded by the bliss of its golden horns lost balance and fell from the mountain. The river Soča brought his corpse to the vale.

Bled, Slovenia
Bled, Slovenia

Although the first evidence of human presence in these places dating from the Iron Age, although the Romans knew the benefits of thermal springs at the foot of the Julian Alps and even though the first waves of migrating Slavs settled in the hearth of Bled over a million years ago, the first written proof of the existence of a settlement sturcturate was issued by the Germanic Holy Roman Emperor Henry II in 1004. By that letter, the king granted rights of possession of the castle, the lake and the land of Bled, to the Bishop of Brixen and South Tirol.

Many things make Bled an absolutely special place, hard to forget, located in a dreamlike setting, breathtaking, bordered on all sides by ridges of the Julian Alps, Bled is blessed with hot springs and a castle above a lake. In the middle of the lake is an island minunscula, Slovenia’s only island, shelter of a secular Christian churches. Part of the Triglav National Park, Lake Bled is the best attraction for many tourists, there were famous guests such as the royal family of Yugoslavia, Tito, leader of Yugoslavia has built a vacation home here, he can admire the wild grandeur of the highest peaks of Slovenia (Triglav 2864 m). Points of interest is not just the landscape of Bled, but also the possibilities of hiking near the resort. Waterfalls, gorges, glacial lakes, steep ridges, all found in Triglav Park.

The Bled castle
The Bled castle
Church on Bled island, Slovenia
Church on Bled island, Slovenia
Bled Gorge
Bled Gorge
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
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