Škabrijel (Italian: Monte San Gabriele) is a mountain, 646 metres high, above the town of Nova Gorica in Slovenia. The mountain was named after the Archangel Gabriel.[1][2]

Old photo of the Škabrijel mountain


During the First World War it was an impregnable stronghold of the Austro-Hungarian Army, full of tunnels and trenches. The mountain was hard-fought over in the Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo,[3] when the top of the San Gabriel was lost and recaptured nine times by the Austro-Hungarians. One officer said about the fighting, "Around 6e in the morning, an Italian attacked for the first time, and then it went all day. But we always repulsed him with hand grenades, machine guns tried to take the trenches. I was on the left wing with six other men, strong and fearless. They went forward when he attacked, even the second time they persisted even though they were wounded and one dead. We held out and repulsed him with hand grenades." Due to artillery bombardment by the Italian Army during WW1,[4] the hill is bare.[5]


The mountain is northeast of a town called Nova Gorica.[6] The Julian Alps and the Carnic Alps are to the north of the mountain. The Karst Black Hills, the Trstelj, and the Adriatic Sea are in the south. In the east there is the Trnovo Forest Plateau.


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  4. ^ Richardson, Mervyn (2002-09-11). Environmental Xenobiotics. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-203-48292-6.
  5. ^ "The view from Skabrijel : Photos, Diagrams & Topos : SummitPost". www.summitpost.org. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  6. ^ "Škabrijel". AllTrails.com. Retrieved 2020-11-08.

Coordinates: 45°58′34″N 13°40′40″E / 45.9762°N 13.6777°E / 45.9762; 13.6777