Žetale was first mentioned very early, in the year 1228. In old parish books stands the name Schiltarin (information taken from the parish Zver). The village was often invaded by Turks.
Local cummunity Žetale consists of following villages: Žetale, Čermožiše, Dobrina, Kočice, Nadole, and there live 1500 inhabitants.
The Žetale valley (originally Žetalska dolina) is decorated by many churches. The church of St. Bastian (Sv. Boštjan) from 1415 which was built in memory of plague. Nearby is a younger pilgrimage church of "Marija pomočnica" from 1725. There is the church of St. Michael (Sv. Mihael) from 1426 in the settlement. At Mohor Stands the church of St. Mohor and Fortunat (Sv. Mohor in Fortunat) from the 15th century. after 1507 it became a famous place of pilgrimage. In "Čermožiše pri Žetalah" we trace ruins of settlement of the neolithic era. From Žetale leads a marked mountain path to Donačka gora, passing Resenik and Medgorje on the eastern third peak. One have to walk tightrope over a precipice on the northern side (this path is named after Žetalski Jože).
After morning glimpse on Žetale from east side when shady forest slopes of Macelj, the peak of Resenik, Žetale, vineyards of Haloze and the church of Marijatrošt are all lighted up, this place can be compared with Alpine tourist places.
A chestnut picknick in October is a well known festival in Žetale. You can as well participate to the pilgrimage called "Jarmek" on August 15, where you can walk to the church of "Marija pomočnica" or "Marijatrošt" (local name). The word "Jarmek" comes from German meaning "Jahrmarkt" or "market day" when one trades in pardons.
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