The Slovenia Times

Javorca Church and Tolmin Gorge inaccessible until June

The Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca hill. Photo: Taminu Petelinšek/STA

Two major tourist sites in the Tolmin area in the west of the country, the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca hill, and the spectacular Tolmin Gorge will remain closed until June due to a major rockslide that was triggered in the area in January.

The rockslide, in which one man was killed, destroyed the local road between Zatolmin near Javorca and Polog Mountain, but has been stable since.

The clean-up work on the road started on 10 April and should be finished in early June. While initially it was estimated that 10,000 cubic metres of debris will have to be removed, the last estimate is 6,000 cubic metres, but the work will be complex and is expected to take two months.

The Tolmin Gorge. Photo: Robert Hrovat/STA

The road to the village of Čadrg will be closed during the construction work on week days and on Saturday mornings.

As a precaution, the popular Tolmin Gorge will be closed for the next two months and access to the park will be blocked.

Also blocked will be the road to the Polog Valley and the 571-metre Javorca hill, atop of which sits the iconic church that commemorates the fallen soldiers of the WWI Isonzo Front.

According to information on its website, the Javorca Church will remain closed until about 22 June.

The interior of the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA


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