Šmarješke Toplice

It's an extended village with nucleated hamlets Gornje and Dolnje toplice over the source of Toplica stream and a once independent village Obrh with hamlets Gomila and Radež. Over Vinji Vrh slopes and Gričevje there are a lot of vineyards and in the wider surroundings there are quite a lot of mixed forests as well. Šmarješke toplice was known already in the prehistoric era. The thermal spring has a temperature from 32 to 34°C and has a healing effect on coronary diseases, rheumatism and neurosis. In the forest south-west of the swimming pool there's a big mound on a fallow Pri jezeru which served as a burial burried in the old Iron Age. Above the outside pool there are the remains of Štrlek castle which was first mentioned in 1267. By the end of the 15th century it was already abandoned. St. Stephen's succursal church was first a medieval building, but in the 18th century it was built up in Baroque style. The main altar was made in the middle of the 18th century, both side altars in the 19th century. They used some used boards of the wooden and painted ceiling for the choir loft.

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