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The Russian chapel

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Address: Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
Phone Number: +386 4 580 94 40
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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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Chapel with lovely views

Driving for a few hours we stopped to go to the Russian Chapel. It's recently been renovated and does look lovely but it would be great if we could see inside it. The surrounding... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Few km away from Kranjska Gora. If you are in the very good physical condition and you have enough time, you can even walk.It is a monument from the 1st w.w. dedicated to Russian solders, prisoners of Austrian army, who died during the construction of this very important, strategical , road.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Driving for a few hours we stopped to go to the Russian Chapel. It's recently been renovated and does look lovely but it would be great if we could see inside it. The surrounding area is simply stunning and it's easy to be tempted into the woods, to explore. We found the parking a bit tricky as we didn't see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Tiny wooden chapel. Nice commemoration of the poor Russian POWs who built this incredible road, specifically the ones who lost their lives in an avalanche, nice quick stop on your way over the pass.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Nice memorial place. Worth the walk if you are on your way to the hill or you left 0.5 hr to finish your walking day...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

you can hike to this but its a trek either get the bus or do via the julian alps tour. lovely setting built by russian POWS from 1st world war. well worth a visit. Putin visited earlier in August 2016

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Chapel itself is small and not very attractive unless you are into russian history. the gardens around it are peacful and relaxing. However, there are better options for stops on the way to the top of Vrsic pass.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

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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Kranj, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

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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