The area of the Upper Soča region was part of the Isonzo Front during the First World War.
Soldiers of numerous nations were fighting, suffering and dying along the Soča. Surviving from this era are trenches, fortifications, caves, memorials, and military cemeteries. This is an important cultural and historical heritage.
In order to protect and preserve this heritage the »Walks of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation« was established in 2000. The Foundation manages six outdoor museums and maintains memorials from the time of the First World War.
These museums are located on the parts of the front line with greater density of remains and rather easy access.
In 2007, the outdoor museums and the most prominent remains and memorials of the Isonzo Front in the Upper Soča region were connected into the Walk of Peace.
It is dedicated to the memory of the multitude of casualties of the First World War. Its purpose is to present to a visitor the cultural-historical heritage and natural amenities of the Upper Soča region.
Visitors center the Walk of Peace in Kobarid offers new interactive exhibition of The Walk of Peace, which is free of charge.
The Walk of Peace starts at Log pod Mangartom, at the entrance to the mine shaft called Štoln, and it ends with the outdoor museum on Mengore hill near Most na Soči.
It is divided to five sections and runs past military cemeteries and chapels, the fortification Kluže, outdoor museums, the gorge of the Koritnica, the pools of the Soča, idyllic alps, the fall of Kozjak, two charnel houses, one at Kobarid and one at Tolmin, the memorial church of the Holy Spirit at Javorca plateau, Tolmin Gorges, etc.
The Walk of Peace was in 2011 extended along the entire front line to Gorizia area and across the Kras all to the Adriatic sea.
Six outdoor museums:
Ravelnik - Austro-Hungarian first line of deffence
Mrzli vrh - Austro-Hungarian and Italian first lines of defence
Mengore - Austro-Hungarian first line of defenceat the Tolmin Bridgehead.
THE WALK OF PEACE FROM THE ALPS TO THE ADRIATIC The Walk of Peace interconnects the areas and people and rich cultural and natural heritage along the onetime Isonzo Front. It is a memorial to all who suffered in the time of the 1st World War and a warning against wars which should never happen again. Above all it promotes the value of peace and the opportunities for common development. Numerous remains have been left behind the front which are now perfectly restored and maintained through the efforts of various institutions and societies. Military cemeteries, caves, trenches, charnel houses, chapels, monuments, outdoor museums and other memorials – are part of significant material and non-material heritage of European history. Their testimony, mood and stories form the spine of today's Walk of Peace from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic.
The Walk is uniformly marked, suitable for hikers and bikers. Major places worth seeing are also accessible by car or bus. The Walk of Peace is a right choice for everyone who wishes to spend their leisure time actively, experience magnificent views and beauties of nature, learn about history and culture, meet the locals, experience the lifestyle of today and taste delicious local food. Recommended are guided tours, with local tourist guides.
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