Jennifer Garner Joked That Zoom Meetings Would Be Better from This Castle, and Same

published Sep 18, 2020
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On September 15, Jennifer Garner posted a photo to her Instagram joking that her Zoom meetings may be less chaotic and awkward if she was able to do them from the picturesque castle island in the pic. Just looking at the photo brings a sense of calm and relief, so people had to know—is this a real place and how in the heck can we get to it?

Garner’s pic is actually a repost from photographer Davide Anzamanni, whom she credited in her upload. It’s an original drone shot of the church in the middle of Lake Bled, located in the Slovenian Alps. Lake Bled is the only island in Slovenia.

Though it looks like a photoshopped fairytale castle, the structure erected in the middle of Lake Bled is a very real Christian church that dates back to 745. However, before the church was built on Bled Island, a pagan temple stood in its place and was dedicated to the goddess of life and fertility. 

The church was renovated into a Gothic-style structure in 1465 and a free-standing bell tower was added with two small bells that still ring today. It was then updated into the current baroque style in the 1600s.

The Bled Island church also features a grand set of 99 stone steps, which tourists and to-be married couples must climb to visit the island. And, according to Lake Bled’s official website, local couples still practice the tradition of the groom carrying the bride up all 99 steps before getting married at the church.

Once tourists have rung the Wishing Bell on Bled Island, they can then visit Bled Castle on the mainland, which was built in 1004 by the German king Henry II.

Um, yeah—Jennifer Garner said it best. If we could all do our Zoom meetings from Bled Island they’d be a lot less of a drag to get through.