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Chapel · Upper Carniola · 1,150 m
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The wooden chapel dedicated to St Vladimir was built in 1916 by surviving Russian prisoners of war to commemorate those who died during the construction of the road across Vršič.


Some of the dead Russian POWs who died building the road across Vršič were buried in Trenta, but most of them were buried in common graves on and below Vršič, in a pyramid-shaped stone tomb. The surviving Russian POWs built a Russian-style memorial chapel next to it, which was acquired by the Russian Matica in 1924. Ecclesiastically and legally it belongs to the Russian Orthodox parish of Belgrade, and at the time of its construction was probably the westernmost Orthodox church in the world.


The construction of the chapel is wooden. It was originally clad with bark, later with planks. The modest interior features an interesting altar with an iconostasis, wrought-iron chandeliers and candlesticks.


You can also explore the surroundings of the Russian Chapel with the help of an AR app, where you can get to know the Russian Chapel in a more interesting way through an innovative augmented reality app, and even enter the normally closed interior of the Russian Chapel at the end.

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Update: April 07, 2023


46.442470, 13.768010
46°26'32.9"N 13°46'04.8"E
33T 405367 5143948
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