Napoleon bridge near Kobarid

 

Napoleon bridge over river Soča
Napoleon bridge over river Soča

Both banks of river Soča near Kobarid, where the gorge is at its narrowest, were connected with a bridge already in ancient times. Napoleon bridge has a very rich history and is a part of the architectural heritage. In the middle ages it came under the administration of Čedad monastery. In 1616, Venetians demolished the wooden bridge. An old stone Napoleon bridge was built in year 1750. Kobarid area, in times of new age, experienced Turkish declines and the penetration of Napoleon’s army. The bridge got its name after Napoleon, because the French troops were penetrating against upper Soča valley in year 1797. Austrian solders demolished the bridge during the First World War. Later, Italians built a wooden, and than afterwards, an iron bridge. During Second World War partisans gathered here and defended Kobarid republic. Two monuments were placed near Napoleon bridge in a memory of these events. On 9. November 1943 the SS soldiers had, in this location, killed partisan Ivan Berginc from Idrsko. From Napoleon bridge there is a beautiful view of the emerald river Soča and her sinks.a

The view from the bride (left side - direction: from Kobarid)
The view from the bridge (left side – direction: from Kobarid)
The view from the bride (right side - direction: from Kobarid)
The view from the bridge (right side – direction: from Kobarid)

 

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City of Kobarid lies on a high terrace on the right bank of the river Soča at the foot of Gradič or Grič of St. Anthony. Besides numerous more or less well preserved cultural monuments and sights, Kobarid and its surroundings are also known by the great battle in the first world war. [_Read more_]

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