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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 4 weeks ago

A beautiful chapel in a stunning location built to commemorate the Russian Prisoners of War who were killed during the construction of the nearby Vrsic Mountain Pass.

Thank jandhml
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice rememberance for the russian prisoners that stayed here. Pretty chapel but the visit is quicly finished

Thank Marnik V
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Built as a monument to Russian prisoners of war killed while building the road, it's a lovely spot, and the church is nicely renovated, but on most days you can only view form the outside. A fascinating piece of history in a lovely setting, just...More

Thank Eimear C
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing, history from WW1: 20 thousand Russian prisoners came by the Eastern Front captured by the Austrian Hungarian soldiers in 1914/17. They came to this place to build the road that goes up. One day a ravine killed 100 prisoners and the...More

Thank beachwedding22
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The church has a special character for the locals. It is a sacred monument of Orthodox Russians who were prisoners of war. The locals say that a small pyramid at the church of the tomb of the Russian soldiers who worked on the road and...More

Thank VaiTransfers
Reviewed 18 August 2017 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 9 August 2017

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 5 August 2017

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 4 August 2017 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 23 July 2017

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
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