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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 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.

Thank DjordjeJovic92
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank sandrawK5465AL
Reviewed 2 August 2016 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

Thank Yoshe L
Reviewed 27 July 2016

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...More

Thank 31Antony
Reviewed 24 July 2016

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.

Thank M L
Reviewed 16 June 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.

Thank Margaret D
Reviewed 9 June 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...More

Thank Little_brown_cutie
Reviewed 5 February 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...More

Thank Mary C
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Descending from the pass Vršič we stopped by this historic chapel built in memory of the victims, Russian soldiers who built the road and were unluckily killed by avalanche. Chapel is made from wood.

Thank ValeMedea
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Beautiful wooden chapel, built after 1.st World war as memory on Russian soldiers, prisoners who was pushed to build the dangerouos pass to Vrsic, Slovenija. A lot of them were killed by snow lavine and as memory to their accident this chappel was built. Every...More

Thank franczun
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