The crypt of soldiers from the World War I. in the village of Osadné
The first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was to contribute to the creation of the crypt in the village of Osadné in the Snina district. The crypt contains the skeletal remains of 1,025 soldiers killed in the First World War. Its history is closely connected with the construction of the local Orthodox church and with the return of the inhabitants of the village back to the Orthodoxy faith. The crypt, in which the exhumed bodies of Russian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers from several war cemeteries and scattered graves in the area were placed, has been located under the church since 1933. Its architecture was designed so that under the altar part of the temple there was a room with a tomb of soldiers measuring 1.5 x 4 meters and a depth of 7 meters (some sources also state 11 meters). However, the crypt was forgotten over time. As the tomb was concreted, the room became a warehouse. Years later, the public became interested in the crypt. Based on the suggestions, the crypt was partially made accessible to the visitors. In the beginning, it was in a desolate state. Thanks to the initiative of the local clergyman Peter Soroka, the necessary repairs began in 2002, the work was completed three years later. The crypt was consecrated in the same year. An audio guide in five languages is available for visitors. In front of the parish, where you can park, you can also find an information center with souvenirs, brochures, and small items. Both, the crypt and the information center are open 24 hours a day. The film "Osadné" by Slovak director Marko Škop won the award for best documentary film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2009.