Church of St. Nicholas the bishop - Varaždin
The parish of St. Nicholas is the oldest parish in Varaždin, dedicated to the patron saint of the city of Varaždin. On the facade of the parish church of St. Nicholas, and above the main altar, is visible the historical coat of arms of the town of Varaždin from 1464. The church is located in the heart of the city, and was built in the 18th century on the remains of a former Romanesque church from the 12th century, which in the 15th century extended and upgraded in Gothic style, at the same time when its bell tower was erected.
The medieval bell tower dates back to 1494 and is also the oldest bell tower in the city. Varaždin is also known as the “city of bell towers” and the “city of angels”. In the church, above the main altar and nearby altars, sculptures of playful angels stand out.
The interior of the church exudes a lavish Baroque style and above the main altar there is a painting of St. Nicholas the bishop – patron saint of the church, parish and town of Varaždin. Next to the image of St. Nicholas in the first row are statues of St. Peter and Paul, and the Slavic Apostles St. Cyril and Methodius.
In the left side altar, at the foot of the great crucifix, there is a statue of the Sorrowful Lady with the dead Jesus in her arms – a unique “Pieta” in the Varaždin area. And in the right-hand side altar, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a glass sarcophagus containing a relic of the skeleton of St. Adeodatus the Martyr.