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Bled Castle (Slovene: Blejski grad, German: Burg Veldes) is a medieval castle built on top of a 130 m (427 ft) precipice above Bled in Slovenia, overlooking Lake Bled. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia, second only to Postojna Cave.

The castle was first mentioned in a 1004 deed of donation issued by Emperor Henry II in favour of the Bishops of Brixen, which makes it one of the oldest in present-day Slovenia. Then located in the historic Upper Carniola region, the area with the March of Carniola passed to the Austrian House of Habsburg in 1278.

The oldest part of the castle is the Romanesque tower. In the Middle Ages more towers were built and the fortifications were improved. Other buildings were constructed in the Baroque period. The buildings are arranged around two courtyards, which are connected with a staircase. There is a chapel on the upper courtyard, which was built in the 16th century, and renovated around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes. The castle also has a drawbridge over a moat.

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