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The Russian chapel

Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
+386 4 580 94 40
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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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Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
+386 4 580 94 40

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty little chapel, made out of wood by Russian prisoners of war. If you're driving the Vrisic-pass it's a nice stop, but don't go out of your way (except when it holds significance for you) to see it. But still: nice craftsmanship and a nice...More

Thank Minke T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Russian Chapel sits beside the Vršič Pass, a road constructed during WW1 by Russian soldier prisoners. The chapel was built by the Russian prisoners in memory of their comrades who had died during the construction of the road. The little wooden chapel is dedicated...More

Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located by winding road from Kranjska gora to Vršič pass. Nice small chapel hidden in the forest. Beautiful surroundings. There is a small stream flowing nearby the chapel.

Thank Anja T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's on a zig zag climb up the Julien Alps. Not a walk but a vehicle. It's 24 hairpin bends to top then 26 down. Well worth it. Lovely cafe at top and reasonable.

Thank bernie p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are going over the pass you must check out this little beauty. It is a very short walk from the parking area.

Thank montanan_traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are driving over the mountains in this area, this church is worth a short stop. It is tiny and very cute. You do not go inside, just take photos of the outside and the surroundings.

Thank MargaretNicole
Reviewed July 15, 2017

If you are going from Kranjska gora via Trenta valley or you are just in Kranjska gora than go and visit a nice monument to Russian soldiers. They die when they are bulid a road from Kranjska gora to Vršič.

Thank andrej k
Reviewed June 29, 2017

Built by the Russian soldiers who worked on building the road during the First World War. A poignant and peaceful place. Sit down and think.

Thank JGandIG
Reviewed June 25, 2017

You cannot visit it as this is open just one time per year . You can walk from Kranjska Gora (around 2 hours) or you can drive, but you need to pay attention because you can miss it, being in the forest.

Thank deealexx
Reviewed June 19, 2017

The Russian Chapel on the road to the Vrsic Pass outside Kranjska Gora Slovenia, is a beautiful wooden building. It was built in 1917 by Russian prisoners of war building the road over the Vrsic Pass after an avalanche killed about 100 fellow prisoners plus...More

Thank Rosemary P
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