"Stylish lakeside monuments" Lake Bled Tip by GillianMcLaughlin

Lake Bled, Bled: 9 reviews and 17 photos

  Beefy oarsman commemorated beside Lake Bled
by GillianMcLaughlin

Favorite thing: As you walk round the lake, you'll come across a little collection of statues as you pass the Zaka Rowing Centre. This one, depicting a muscular rower, was crafted by Slovenian sculptor Boris Kalin, and is reputedly one of his finest works. It dates from the period between the wars.

By the boathouse you can also see a bust of Boris Kocijančič, who was apparently a former president of the Slovenian Rowing Association. It was sculpted by Stojan Batič.

On the boathouse itself there is a memorial to the former president of the international rowing federation (FISA), Swiss citizen, Thomas Keller. His legacy to the world of rowing is the Thomas Keller Medal, the sport's highest honour, awarded each year to recognise an "outstanding career in rowing" as a competitor and as a sports personality.

Fondest memory: I do love places with fine works of art that are set in the great outdoors for all the public to see. Needless to say, my insatiable curiosity leads me to undertaking hours of research to find out who the people were who are commemorated, and who the artists were. Slovenia is rich in such statues and memorials and for that, it will always have a place in my heart :-)

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2004
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