Soča, Bovec


Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 46°20′32.53″N 13°40′10.96″E / 46.3423694°N 13.6697111°E / 46.3423694; 13.6697111Coordinates: 46°20′32.53″N 13°40′10.96″E / 46.3423694°N 13.6697111°E / 46.3423694; 13.6697111
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Slovenian Littoral
Statistical region Gorizia
Municipality Bovec
  Total 43.48 km2 (16.79 sq mi)
Elevation 491.6 m (1,612.9 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 144

Soča (pronounced [ˈsoːtʃa]) is a dispersed settlement on the Soča River in the Municipality of Bovec in the Littoral region of Slovenia.

A small church by the roadside in the village is dedicated to Saint Joseph and was built in 1718 and dedicated in 1823. In 1944 it was refurbished and painted by Tone Kralj. The refurbishment was a political statement and he included a scene of Archangel Michael fighting the Devil, in which Hitler and Mussolini are shown as enemies, fighting on the side of the Devil. He also used the Slovene national colours (red, white, and blue) in the interior and, apart from the Apostles and the Four Evangelists, used only Slavic saints in the iconography. Behind the church, the Sοča Military Cemetery is a burial ground for Austrian soldiers that died on the Isonzo front.[2]


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