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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 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are driving over the mountains in this area, this church is worth a short stop. It is tiny and very cute. You do not go inside, just take photos of the outside and the surroundings.

Thank MargaretNicole
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going from Kranjska gora via Trenta valley or you are just in Kranjska gora than go and visit a nice monument to Russian soldiers. They die when they are bulid a road from Kranjska gora to Vršič.

Thank andrej k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built by the Russian soldiers who worked on building the road during the First World War. A poignant and peaceful place. Sit down and think.

Thank JGandIG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You cannot visit it as this is open just one time per year . You can walk from Kranjska Gora (around 2 hours) or you can drive, but you need to pay attention because you can miss it, being in the forest.

Thank deealexx
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The Russian Chapel on the road to the Vrsic Pass outside Kranjska Gora Slovenia, is a beautiful wooden building. It was built in 1917 by Russian prisoners of war building the road over the Vrsic Pass after an avalanche killed about 100 fellow prisoners plus...More

Thank Rosemary P
Reviewed 17 June 2017

The walk to the chapel is worth it. It is a fair pull from Kranjska Gora but the walk is lovely and very enjoyable. The Chapel is quaint (we did not go in) and the setting beautirful

Thank John_C_Ldn
Reviewed 16 June 2017

It was a beautiful sunny weather and we walked up with friends, telling them the history* and mentioning that Putin was here last year 2016.This week another Russian representative laid some flowers.It is impressive to know or to imagine how those prisoners build this road...More

1  Thank Jeanny8
Reviewed 12 June 2017

About two hours on foot from Kranjska Gora. Most of the way is through shaded woods. There is a stretch along the Kozorog Lake. If you co up the road by car – beware - it is easy to miss!!! The chapel is a piece...More

1  Thank Shalom M
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We did not go into the chapel. It was late March and still quite snowy so it was tricky getting up the stairs in the icy conditions. Bring good shoes and maybe hiking sticks if it's around this time or more wintery. A nice place...More

Thank Mel O
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