Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation

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Ustanova »Fundacija Poti miru v Posočju«
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The Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation was established in 2000 in order to manage, preserve and restore the remains of the infamous WWI Isonzo front, and was later also delegated to set up and manage the Walk of Peace (Pot miru) trail. This currently 320 kilometres long trail follows the Isonzo front lines and connects the many heritage and memorial sites – including 15 outdoor museums – along the former front. In 2016, it was added to the UNESCO World heritage Tentative List.

Walk of peace 2006 Italian charnel house above Kobarid.jpg

Besides managing the path project (and taking care for some of its outdoor museums), the foundation has set up a historical library, together with the Tolmin Museum established a list of the fallen Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers in the Upper Posočje regions and opened a visitor centre in the town of Kobarid. The latter features a small interactive exhibition, some conference rooms and also a gallery that occasionally hosts various events and exhibitions of a historical as well as artistic character.

The foundation is a member of the National Committee for the Commemoration of World War I Anniversaries, founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

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The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic

The Isonzo Front was the site of 12 major battles between Austro-Hungarian and Italian forces in World War I. Roughly following its non-linear course, the Walk of Peace starts in the village Log pod Mangartom and finishes in Trieste (IT), on its way passing the Upper Soča Valley, the Nova Gorica area, the adjacent Brda Hills, the Kras plateau, etc.

Some of the featured heritage sites are the Kluže Fortress, the Kobarid Museum, the Kolovrat Outdoor Museum, the Vršič Chapel, the Bohinj Railway, the so called Kras Walks of Peace and a number of caves, fortifications, trenches and cemeteries. It is worth adding that the natural sights along the path are also extremly remarkable.

Walk of Peace 2006 Outdoor museum Kolovrat.JPG

The foundation collaborated with a number of municipalities, cultural institutions and tourist associations, both from Slovenia as well as Italy, in order to expand, renovate and connect the sites. While the upper part of the path was opened in 2007, its whole course was connected and roughly finalised in 2015. In the future, the foundation plans to connect it with other parts of the South-Western Front and prolong it into the (Austrian) Carinthia and Tyrol regions.

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