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During the Great War, between 1915 and 1917, the Soča valley was part of the Isonzo Front. Young and adult men of numerous nations fought and suffered along the river Soča, and many of them lost their lives. Numerous remains of that period survive (trenches, fortifications, caves, memorials, military cemeteries), that constitute cultural and historical heritage of national and international interest.

In 1990, the Kobarid Museum was founded with the purpose to present the events on the Isonzo Front, particularly the Twelfth Isonzo Battle, which is known as “the breakthrough at Kobarid /Caporetto, or ”the miracle of  Kobarid/Caporetto”. Thanks to its narrative weight, the Museum was awarded several prizes both at home and abroad.

In 2000, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the programme of “The Soča Region – The Walks of Peace” as a national and international project, and in December of that year started the initiative for establishing “The Walks of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation”.

Under the expert guidance of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and in collaboration with the societies of 1313, Peski, Mengore, tourist societies TD Drežnica and TD Kobarid, and municipalities in the Upper Soča Region, the Foundation first organized six outdoor museums: Ravelnik, Čelo, Zaprikraj, Kolovrat, Mengore and Mrzli Vrh. The museums are arranged at those sections of the one-time front line where the remains are more numerous and the access is easier. In 2007, the outdoor museums, major monuments and memorials of the Isonzo Front, natural points of interest, the two museums (in Kobarid and Tolmin), private museum collections, and tourist information centres were connected to form the Walk of Peace in the Upper Soča Region. It is dedicated to the memory of numerous victims of the First World War.

At the same time, endeavours were also made to preserve the heritage of the Isonzo Front in the Goriška area and on the Kras. With the support of the city municipality of Nova Gorica, members of the society named “Društvo Soška fronta”, arranged an outdoor museum, “Sabotin – the Park of Peace”, in the Goriška area, and on the Kras, with the support of the Municipality of Miren Kostanjevica, members of the Caving Club Temnica and those of the Tourist Society 1. SVIT, arranged the “Walks of Peace on the Kras” and later they also erected the memorial at Cerje. The Globočak tourist-recreation society is in charge of the heritage on the Kolovrat range within the area of Kanal.

After the example of the Walks of Peace in the Upper Soča Region, the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic has been gradually organized since 2011.

The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic combines the heritage, institutions and people along the one-time Isonzo Front, all the way from Mt. Rombon to Trieste. The symbolic mission of this Walk is to promote coexistence and reconciliation of the formerly hostile nations. Another task of the Walk is to promote the identity of the area in question and develop tourism in the cross-border area along the Soča river.

The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic starts at Log pod Mangartom, runs past the fort of Kluže, outdoor museums Ravelnik and Čelo, where it ascends to the mountain pasture Golobar and the outdoor museum Zaprikraj. After the village of Drežnica it drops past the Italian charnel house to Kobarid where it bifurcates. One branch rises to the ridge of Kolovrat and the outdoor museum there, the other runs past the mountain pastures of Kuhinja and Pretovč to the outdoor museum Mrzli Vrh, where it descends to the memorial church of the Holy Spirit at Javorca plateau, and continues to Tolmin and the German charnel house and then to the outdoor museum Mengore. From the outdoor museum Kolovrat the Walk runs through Kambreško to Mt. Sabotin and Brda, while the other route descends from Kolovrat to Plave where it rises to Prižnica, Vodice and Sveta Gora, and continues to Mt. Škabrijel. The two routes re-join at Nova Gorica/Gorizia from where the Walk continues across Mt. Markov Hrib and the Vrtojba-Bilje hills to the memorial on Cerje hill and to the Walk of Peace on the Kras. There, the Walk of Peace bifurcates again and the two branches cross the one-time border. The branch on the Italian side connects Monte San Michele with the Percorso storico del Brestovec (History Trail on Brestovec), the Italian charnel house at Redipuglia, and the Parco Tematico della Grande Guerra Monfalcone (Thematic Park above Monfalcone), and it ends at Trieste. The branch on the Kras connects the throne of Borojević, Krompirjeva Jama (Potato Cave), the cemetery of Gorjansko and other Austro-Hungarian cemeteries with the cross-border Ermada (Grmada) and also ends at Trieste.

The Walk of Peace from The Alps to the Adriatic complements evidence of past times in this area that visitors can experience in the museums of Kobarid, Tolmin, Nova Gorica, the Musei provinciali di Gorizia – Museo della Grande Guerra (Provincial Museums of Gorizia – the Great War Museum), and in numerous private collections. The study-research activities, which are managed by the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, reach wider audiences through the Walk of Peace.

The domicile of the Foundation is at Kobarid. Available for visitors and researchers are the Visitor Centre The Walk of Peace, a souvenir shop with selected local handicraft products, an interactive exhibition on the Walk of Peace, a rich library and also study, gallery and conference rooms. In particular, the Visitor Centre The Walk of Peace is the starting point where all information related to the Walk is available and where skilled local guides can be hired.
The mission and vision of the Foundation, as written down by the founders in 2000, is realized on a daily basis. The centenaries of the disastrous Great War are meant to remind and warn; and for people and places by the one-time “cursed boundary stone” they should mean joint efforts and a path for the future.

Marking and path markers  along the Walk of Peace







 
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