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Address: Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
Phone Number: 04-580-9440
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Description: The Russian chapel was built to honour the memory of those who died and to...
The Russian chapel was built to honour the memory of those who died and to serve as a reminder of the follies of war. Russians prisoners built the neat little chapel between 1916 and 1917. The chapel has two small towers built in traditional Russian style. All around the chapel and along the roadside are the graves of Russian soldiers. In the First World War Vrsic was a strategic point providing the Austrian troops a more accessible router to the Soča Front. The supply of arms was crucial and the road to Vrsic had to be kept clear at all times, including during the winter months. Therefore, in winter, huge amounts of snow were cleared from the road by Russian prisoners of war under close supervision of the Austrian army. One day a huge avalanche buried the Russian prison camp, killing more than three hundred Russian prisoners and ten of their guards.
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Russian Chapel

A stop was made to the chapel while on a day excursion around the Julian Alps, it is reached via steps from the road. The chapel is a lovely building built by the Russian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Whitley Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A stop was made to the chapel while on a day excursion around the Julian Alps, it is reached via steps from the road. The chapel is a lovely building built by the Russian prisoners of war and a must to see when in the area. The road itself was also built by the prisoners and along with many small... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A chapel built by the surviving Russian prisoners of war as a memorial to their comrades who were forced to build a road over the Vršič Pass to supply munitions for the war against the Italians in 1915. This along with the battles in the Soca valley should be recognised equally with the other First World War battles as over... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This was a short stop on a trip over the Julian Alps ,but it was a stunning Chapel built by the Russian prisoners in Worl War One

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Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It was cold when i went there with my daughter it was almost 5 degrees 'c we were freezing but worth the hike even it was raining cold , a bit spooky as we could Here aloud roaring sound from a distance but still worth the visit before assending to triglav.

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Linz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We found this chapel quite by chance, just driving a few kilometres outside of Kranjska Gora. It sits, beautifully nestled amongst the trees, just off the road. There is a parking area and it's a great place for a pit stop and, I would imagine, a picnic in the warmer months. At the end of March, there was still a... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

An unusual building a long walk from Kranjska Gora, up hill, Memorial to the Russian soldiers who died building the road during the first world war.

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The road from Bovec passes through the Trenta Valley to the mountainous pass at Vrsic at 1611 metres above sea level. Here the road (known as the Russian Road) descends to Kranjska Gora. The views are simply incredible. The Russian Chapel is an important cultural landmark and monument to the thousands of Russian prisoners who built the road. Three hundred... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I went on foot and it is quite a hike but well worth it. It took 1.30minutes up through the woods and 1.20 back but rewarded with stunning scenery and time for quiet reflection at the top.

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Good to hear about local history, very interesting. Well preserved in a lovely area. Visited with a local guide on one of our walks.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Its fairly recent history and its something that has too be told too the world the horrors of the conditions and the lifes the poor Russian Prisoners had too suffer, but when your there and soaking up the atmosphere and the beauty of where you are is definitely worth the walk too takes a while but worth the effort

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Address: Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
Phone Number: 04-580-9440
Location: Europe  >  Slovenia  >  Upper Carniola Region  >  Kranjska Gora

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