On a small hill not far from the centre of Dobrna, you will find the succursal church of St. Nicholas in Vrba, a picturesque addition to the panorama of the town.
Built in the Late Gothic period, the first written mention of the church dates back to 1567; however, experts believe it is even older and was probably built in the early 16th century. The church survived the Turkish invasions and the spread of Protestantism. Outside the church, don't miss the relief plaque in the south wall commemorating Aurelius Victor, a Roman soldier in the 2nd Italian legion who lived in the 3rd century. Equally fascinating are the Renaissance stone statue of St. Nicholas from the 16th century in a niche on the bell tower, the large altar from the first half of the 18th century in the presbytery and the altar of St. Francis Xavier from 1770. The latter is situated in a chapel decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from the life of this saint, who was most devoted to visiting China. The third altar dates back to the last century.
The church also boasts some beautiful Baroque candleholders and an oil painting of the Stations of the Cross with inscriptions in the Bohorič alphabet. The bell tower can only be accessed from inside the church; the lower part of the tower features unique elements reminiscent of triumphal arches, the only example of its kind in the wider area. The tall bell tower dwarfs the tiny spire on the chapel. It may look like a miniature toy, but this spire – modelled on Carinthian examples – is one of the most attractive architectural features of the church, adding to its reputation as one of the most beautiful churches in the Dobrna area.
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GPS Northing (N) : 46,3379
GPS Easting (E) : 15,2409