Svetinje is located among the vineyards. In the place where the church stands today, a chapel was constructed already in the year 1603 in honour of all the saints. In front of that chapel our ancestors stopped, prayed to God, and at the end exclaimed: 'All Saints, please pray for us'; and afterwards, they continued on their way or to work. Then originated a desire to turn a small chapel into a church. Diligent local people rolled up their sleeves, wealthy landowners – some of them only had properties in that place – gave goods and the church started to be formed which was consecrated to all the Saints in 1730. From its construction in the year 1730 until the year 1788 it was a branch of the old parish of St. Nicholas (sv. Miklavž) and under the patronage of the Teutonic Order of the Cross. However, in the year 1788 it became the Parish Church of All Saints and due to that, the parish and the town around the church obtained the name Svetinje.
Svetinje Parish is comprised of the villages: Svetinje, Mihalovci, Ivanjkovci, Žerovinci, Hujbar, Cerovec (Stanko Vraz was born there), Veličane, Mali Brebrovnik, Pavlovski Vrh and Libanja.
Between the two wars, the main forms of income in the Svetinje municipality were fruit and wine growing; yearly they produced up to 5,000 hectolitres of sorted white wines which were mainly sold to the merchants in Ormož and Ljutomer. The inhabitants were also occupied with farming and the products were mainly used for their own needs; however, they sold larger quantities of fruit, mainly apples and some animals.
A local tourist guide of Ormož municipality will be glad to take you along the wine roads and show you the attractions of Ormož municipality (see the list of local guides).