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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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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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Nice monument

Located just after bend 8 on the road is this small chapel. There is a side road on the right hand side that leads to a car park and the chapel is across the road hidden in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Launceston, Australia
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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located just after bend 8 on the road is this small chapel. There is a side road on the right hand side that leads to a car park and the chapel is across the road hidden in the trees. There is no signage advertising the chapel apart from a much earlier sign as you commence the Vrsic Pass road. It... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice spot about 6.5 Km from the town. It has some historical significance. The surrounding views are very nice.

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Thank Luis M
Kranj, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As the story goes, the chapel was constructed around a 100 years ago and was renovated earlier this year, before Putin visited. It's a memorial to the Russian soliders who were constructing a pass through the alps or whatnot. So much memories here.

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Thank DjordjeJovic92
Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this whilst driving the pass. Despite reading u beforehand there wasn't as much parking available as we believed and we had to walk back several hairpin bends to visit the chapel. It has been renovated in the last 10 years and in 2016 is a 100 year old memorial to Russian prisoners killed in an avalanche. We visited... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If I did it again I would probably just skip all these tiny attractions and head to the top- it's worth it rather than stopping and starting all the time

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Russian Chapel was constructed 100years ago this year in memory of 100+ Russian soldiers constructing a road through the pass in the Julian Alps. An avalanche killed them. It is a fairly steep walk well signposted from Kranska Goes or 8 hairpins by good road. It smaller than I imagined but charming. President Putin was about to visit when... More 

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Kranjska Gora a long and scenic walk - 3 1/2 hours return on steep windy road - walking trails closed off for security in preparation for Putin's visit at end of month.

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Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It was quite dissapointing not to be able to go inside the chapel and quite unexpected for me. However the setting is beautiful and the history very moving.

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Thank Margaret D
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

A beautiful peaceful site of memorial to those soldiers who died whilst making the Russian road. Lovely craftspersonship with forget-me-nots all around. Also fantastic is the Russian road, which climbs to ~1800m through stunning alpine scenery - build by Russian POWs in WW1 - it has 50 hairpin bends. A bit scary, but a wonderful drive, with panoramic stops at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

We took the road which winds up the mountain( walking) to see lots of little running streams It was a nice day so we fancied a good walk. Be aware though nowhere to have a drink or refreshments on the way up or when you get there!

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