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“Beautiful Chapel - can't go in”
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The Russian chapel
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Owner description: 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.
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 don't expect too much!

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 survivors built this chapel in their memory it's a beautiful piece of history, A sad moment for Europe. My grandfather is the son of one of those soldiers the left and never came back: I Honor You PIETRO BALLABEN

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 found them buried underneath. It is also the story of a bell as the orignal bell was stolen and slaughtered for weapons. A bell was to be brought by two US soldiers He gave it to the church.

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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 stop between the 50 hairpin- bends ;)

Thank Minke T
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Reviewed 10 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 to Saint Vladimir, it is located in a small shady park a short walk away from a small free carpark at the bottom of the park, it's a gentle climb up the stairs to the chapel.

Thank kpiddy
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