Franja Partisan Hospital, Cerkno
Franja Partisan Hospital was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It was run by the Slovene Partisans from December 1943 until the end of the war as part of a broadly organized resistance movement against the Fascist and Nazi occupying forces.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Franja Partisan Hospital and many more Cerkno attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cerkno journey app .
The wounded being treated there were soldiers from both the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers. Although the occupying Wehrmacht forces launched several attempts to find the hospital, it was never discovered. Today it exists as a museum. It has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance.
Built in difficult and rugged terrain in the remote Pasica Gorge in western Slovenia by Slovene Partisans, the hospital opened in December 1943 and saw continuous improvements until May 1945. The hospital was located deep inside German-occupied Europe, only a few hours from Austria and the central parts of the Third Reich. German military activity was frequent in the general region throughout the operation of the hospital. The hospital's entrance was hidden in the forest, and the hospital could only be reached by bridges.
The bridges could be retracted if the enemy was in the vicinity. In order to preserve the secrecy necessary for a clandestine hospital to operate, the patients were blindfolded during transportation to the facility. The hospital was also protected by minefields and nests of machine guns. As the hospital is in a gorge, the many trees and camouflaged buildings provided protection against air reconnaissance.
Franja Partisan Hospital Reviews
Assieme ad un gruppo di amici, su indicazioni di due di noi, che avevano già visitato questo luogo 40 anni fa, abbiamo visitato questo luogo straordinario con l’aiuto di una guida. Un luogo che non di... more »Together with a group of friends, on indications of two of us, who had already visited this place 40 years ago, we visited this extraordinary place with the help of a guide. A place that we will not forget easily, because it reminds us of the partisan struggle, solidarity among men, the sacrifice of those who put their lives at risk to treat others. The fatigue to climb, within the gorge of the river disappeared once arrived in the barracks of the hospital. I recommend to pay a visit to this place.
Un pezzo di storia molto interessante e affascinante che parla della solidarietà tra gli uomini. La ricostruzione consente di calarsi nella realtà della storia. Cura nei particolari. more »A very interesting and fascinating piece of history that talks about solidarity among men. Reconstruction allows you to get down into the reality of history. Attention to detail.
One of the best outdoor museums i've ever seen and an important piece of legacy that should not be forgotten. I feel a great respect for all the workers; doctors, partizans between the WWII and the pr... more »
An experience that arises a sense of hope and admiration for all the people that made sacrifices to keep this hidden hospital going.
Very nice historical place to visit. Great nature. Must to see!!!
Cool place, full of history. Entrance 7eur for adults
Great historical monument
Interesting and informative visit! Great nature around and you can really get a good idea how it was there during WW2.
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