A small island in the middle of Lake Bled is home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck. Before the church was built, there was a temple consecrated to ?iva, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. The island on Lake Bled has 99 steps. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during which the bride must remain silent.