Sabotin - Peace Park

If you come to the Brda region via the so-called Osimo road (translator's note: from Nova Gorica to Solkan and then across the Soča bridge, briefly passing through Italian territory), you soon arrive at the bottom of the Sabotin hill.

It is believed that the hill was named Samotin by the Slavs when they arrived to this territory some thirteen hundred years ago. The name, which comes from a Slovene word sam, meaning lonely, alone, was given to the hill because the Soča river separates the Sabotin hill from other hills in the Trnovo plateau.

The 609 m peak of the Sabotin hill invites you to adventure on an interesting walk up, taking the marked path to the top. Beside the marvellous view, you are offered a sight of the remnants of the past, going back to hermits from the Middle Ages, the church of Saint Valentin, and remains from World War I. After this war, Italians proclaimed the Sabotin hill a sacred place and arranged a memorial park functioning as an open-air museum. Even today hikers can see caverns (translator's note: the caves found on many hills in our region were dug by soldiers in WWI) and straight pyramids, which used to denote the front lines at the beginning of the battles on Sabotin in the First World War.

Today, the building of the onetime museum has become a hiker's pos t. Some may find the inscription Naš Tito, meaning Our Tito, that came into being in the seventies interesting.

In addition to the many historical points of interest, the Sabotin hill enraptures its visitors with a wide variety of plants. On a rather small piece of land, there are plants typical for the Alpine climate, and then there are plants that typically grow in the Dinaric world, as well as the sub-Mediterranean and typically Mediterranean types.

The hill is also a shelter for deer and on the top of hill a hunters' hut can be found.

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