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Commemorative celebrations held at Russian Chapel in Slovenia

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Commemorative celebrations held at Russian Chapel in Slovenia


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The annual memorial celebrations began on Friday, July 30, in Slovenia. Traditionally, they are held at the Russian Chapel on the Vršić Alpine Pass. These days, Slovenes and Russians gather to honor the memory of Russian prisoners of war during the First World War.

The city’s mixed choir will take place today in the city of Kranjska Gora. There will also be a Catholic memorial mass in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The rest of the events will take place on July 31.

The Russian chapel in honor of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir was built by Russian prisoners of war in memory of their comrades, hundreds of soldiers and officers who died in March 1916, when an avalanche came down during the construction of a mountain road on the pass. 

Now the chapel symbolizes the friendship between the Russian and Slovenian peoples. In 1995, it received the status of a cultural monument protected by the state. 

The organizers of the celebration are the Russian Embassy in Slovenia, the Slovenia-Russia Friendship Society, and the Mayor's Office of Kranjska Gora.

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