Sv. Miklavž above the Sava River

You can find many churches dedicated to St. Nicolas along the Sava River. This is no coincidence whatsoever as St. Nicolas is the patron saint of boatmen and rafters.

One of those St. Nicolas churches, and perhaps the most important among them in the Heart of Slovenia, is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Sava River. According to oral tradition, it was erected already in the second half of the 15th century by the rafters who transported goods down the river. Because of its location with exceptional views, the church used to be named the Guardian of the upper Sava. The ferrymen believed that as long as they had the church in their sight nothing could happen to them. It is believed, that the original church in Velika vas was burnt down by the Ottomans. Therefore, the locals built a new church on a less accessible location above the village, where originally a pagan temple stood.


The church has a vaulting, a rectangular nave and a shallow sanctuary. Its central part is the big St. Nicolas altar flanked on one side by the statues of St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, which are seated in a throne; at a column stand the statues of St. Joseph with pigeons and St. Luke the Evangelist. The side altars are dedicated to St. Lucy and the innocent children. The frescoes are still not uncovered, but they are supposed to be very old, dating from the 15th century.

Atop sv. Miklavž you can take in stunning views and feast your eyes on amazing sunrises and sunsets.