The Russian chapel, Kranjska Gora

The Russian Chapel on the Vršič pass is a Russian Orthodox chapel located on the Russian Road on the northern side of the Vršič Pass in northwestern Slovenia. The chapel, dedicated to Saint Vladimir, was built by Russian prisoners of war engaged in forced labor in the area during World War I. It serves as both a war memorial and a symbolic link between Slovenia and Russia.HistoryIn early 1915, the small town of Kranjska Gora suddenly became strategically important due to its proximity to the Isonzo Front. To facilitate access from the town to the front, the Austro-Hungarian authorities ordered the construction of a military road across the Vršič pass, a 1,611 m pass between the Sava and Soča Valleys, to be built by Russian prisoners of war (POWs).The road was begun in May 1915, and was completed by the end of the year. To ensure an uninterrupted supply of materiel to the front lines, the pass was to be kept traversable year-round, and the POWs were made to clear the road of heavy snowfall. On 8 or 12 March 1916 (sources vary), an avalanche buried a POW work camp, killing approximately 110 prisoners and about 7 guards. During the time of the construction there were more than 380 casualties in total. Exact casualty figures were never determined, either for the victims of the avalanche of for those of the brutal overwork and appalling conditions.
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  • Precioisa chapel built by Russian soldiers during the first world war prisoners. Stop forced. A place with "magic".
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  • This small Russian church made of wood was built by Russian prisoners who built by Russian prisoners who built mountain road. Died overwhelmed by an avalanche. Kinda hard to find: the right side is a small car park and left the staircase leading to the Church.
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  • 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 ...  more »
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  • The beauty and the tranquility of surrounding are emphasizing the tragedy of the Russian soldiers who built this road and lost their life there. The Russian chapel is a respectful reminder to the Russian soldiers faith.
  • Fantastic Chapel in the middle of the Triglav Forest, i passing by, check it out, its worth the stop!
  • Really nice place in the middle of the woods. Not worth a trip of its own, but if you are doing some hiking in the area, or passing through the pass from Kranjska Gora to Bovec, it's definitely worth stopping by. The place is small and should take no more than 15-30 minutes to explore it.
  • Worth the stop. A short walk through the woods
  • We hit this place upon a bicycle tour. The Vrsic pass is a challenge ;-)

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