On the eve of the Midsummer day in 1603, Tatars encamped in Varaždin’s countryside. As Sulejman’s allies, they arrived from Crimea. The Turks burnt all the villages, but they were stopped.
Ban Drašković’s army entered Varaždin, which made the people joyous. The citizens went too far in their festivities, forgetting that dangerous Tatars were near. Retreating Tatars decided to try their luck one more time On their fast horses, the Tatars attacked the city. Nobody was there to defend it.
The Tatars’ advance guard entered the city, and Varaždin would have probably suffered a catastrophe if the miracle had not happened. At that exact time, the bells of the St. Vid Church started to toll all by themselves. The citizens woke up and defended the city. To protect the city from the war calamities and the conquerors, they erected a monument of St. John the Baptist on the Vidovski Square. Also, every Midsummer day, the tolls of the Church of St. Vid reminded the citizens of that miracle.