During the Isonzo Front (1915‒1917), natural karst caves proved to be the only safe shelter for soldiers. Lojzova jama Cave/Loisl Höhle (Aloysius Cave) was named after Alois Peter Bock who headed the Unit for Caving Construction of the Austro-Hungarian Army. The natural entrance to the cave in the form of a 4 metres wide and 11 metres deep karst sinking widens at the depth of 20 metres into a spacious hall. The army arranged a multi-storey wooden construction in the cave in which 1,500 soldiers and 30 officers could be accommodated. Two additional man-made shafts led to Lojzova jama Cave. After the shelter had been arranged, the natural entrance to the cave was shut up with several layers of concrete to protect it from shells. The protective cover and wooden equipment inside the cave have not been preserved; namely, Italian cavers found a burned scene shortly after the war.
Access from Novelo:
Under the last house at the lower end of the village, at the Walk of Peace direction sign, turn onto a dirt road. 50 meters down the road park your vehicle at the next direction sign. From here continue on foot down a dirt road and follow the directions for Lojzova jama Cave. After about 10 minutes of walking you will reach Lojzova jama Cave.
Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Pomnik miru Cerje
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Monument of Peace Cerje)
+386 31 310 800
Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
To visit Lojzova jama Cave contact the Temnica Speleological Club (Jamarski klub Temnica): +386 40 353 338