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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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“world war” (8 reviews)
“worth a stop” (6 reviews)
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Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
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+386 4 580 94 40
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

When in Kranjska Gora don’t miss this lovely chapel. Russian! Learn about its history. Walk if the weather is nice. We had to drive as there was snow in the woods. A beautiful spot.

Thank Tončica P
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We were lucky to be able to get to the Russian chapel. We were told by the locals the road is frequently closed because of the snow. We read about the history of the place. It is worth stopping by if you are close.

Thank Matt_Jones87
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

A nice but small chapel in the Julian Alps. It was not opened when we were there during winter time. It was built during WW1 to commemorate the Russians POWS.

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

It is surprising to find this tiny Russian chapel in the Julian Alps. It was built by Russian Prisoners of War during World War 1 and is impressive!

Thank bikerbabe22
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We rode past this and circled back in last years bike trip across Slovenia's Julian alps. This very small chappell, not open to tourists, was built along side a road, by Russian POWS held during WW1 (I think...) to help them get less homesick. It...More

Thank MK_in_VT
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

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 Hilary L
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

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

Thank Marnik V
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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
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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
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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

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