At the picturesque wooden Orthodox chapel by the road which leads across the highest Slovenian road pass, Vršič, one cannot but notice the inscription ‘To the Sons of Russia’ on the pyramid over the tomb. It is dedicated to Russian POWs who were captured on the Eastern Front and brought to the Julian Alps. In very difficult circumstances they had to construct, in a mere half of the year 1915, the urgently needed road connection from Kranjska Gora over the pass of Vršič (1,611 m) to Trenta. The road was essential for supplying Austro-Hungarian units on the Isonzo Front and for transporting the wounded away. Because of the huge masses of snow, an avalanche was triggered from the slopes of Mt. Mojstrovka early in 1916 and engulfed several hundreds of men. The Russian chapel was built by the Russian war prisoners in the memory of the many perished fellow prisoner, as a reminder of the sufferings of war.
You can access the Russian Chapel from the direction of Trenta or the Vršič Mountain Pass. From the Vršič Pass, only 5.4 kilometres separate you from the parking area under the Russian Chapel. From Kranjska Gora to the Russian Chapel it is 6 kilometres.
Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296