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The Russian chapel

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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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Unusual building

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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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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London
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A small peacefull chapel in honour of the POWs, the day we were there , fresh flowers were there, easy to get to on your way to the top

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Colne, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An interesting place for a short visit either as part of a coach tour or a (hard) walk. You should know the history (see other entries) and be aware that it is not handicapped friendly.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

An interesting design, and now part of Kranskje Gora's folklore. Good to hear some of the local history. Interesting to see the typical Russian cross. Worth a short visit.

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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Walked from Penzion Lizada in Kranjska Gora towards the pass, on bend 8 lies the 'Jewel in the Crown' at the top of a series of steps. Well worth every second of the breathtaking hike, with stunning views of the Julian Alps the beautiful rustic Russian Chapel built in memory of the soldiers sadly taken during the avalanche - a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Interesting piece of history in peaceful surroundings - we walked here from kranska gora using footpath number 7- lovely walk along streams, meadows and through forests with tremendous views of the surrounding mountains.

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