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The Russian chapel

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Address: Vrsic, Kranjska Gora 4280, Slovenia
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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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Beautiful Historic Building

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... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Mel O
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Colorado
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Reviewed 16 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 to chill. Great drive up to it also. No toilets. No refreshments. No cost for... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

The local guide was informative and allowed use to to explore the area around the Chapel. It is steep and you would need to be able bodied and nimble footed. The history of the Chapel was outlined and it gave you an idea of man's inhumanity to others. A reflective attraction.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Lovely small place and a monument to people, who died for getting the road across Vršič. Nice place for a small stop, when driving through

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

It is small chapel in the forest. It has big historical meaning.Whenever I come here thinking on those people which were building the road to Vrsic.

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Thank Ales P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Tiny little russian church in the middle of the forest; except for the church there isn't anything else to see.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Quite a few steps to walk up to the chapel so difficult for people with walking difficulties but can see this attraction from the road side.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Chapel is not a French cathedral. Yo can look at better build church in Kranjska Gora. But the place in the forrest, history about prisoners and simple forms from the time of war are worth visiting. Wooden chapel with two small towers is interesting outside and nothing special inside. If you can afford, walk up from Kranjska Gora or at... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This strange little place is half way up the mountain road through a national park. As it was January when we went, this was a road only for 4 wheel drive cars! But we spotted this as we went by and went to have a loook. Actually it is tiny, something you cannot tell from the photo. As it was... More 

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Fairfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This sight makes for a beautiful stop if you are driving the Vrsic pass road, not to be missed. Coming from Kranjska Gora, you reach the chapel after turn 8. There is a small parking lot on the right side of the road. If you pull off to park, you can cross the road and easily walk up the few... More 

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

It is about a new way that was created. The way to it is beautiful. The Chapel is erected in memory of Russian soldiers who were buried by an avalanche during the construction of the road over the mountain pass Vrsic . The chapel is decorated in Orthodox style, which expresses the faith of soldiers who have passed away in... More 

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