Moravian Church Settlements


Moravian Church Settlements is part of the Tentative list of United States of America in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The proposed extension consists of the Moravian district in the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a planned community in the 18th century that became the religious and administrative center of Moravian activities in North America. The Moravian community introduced ideas of equality and social community not reflected at the time in surrounding communities, and the Moravian district in Bethlehem includes a harmonious ensemble of residential, industrial, and religious buildings demonstrating their church’s communal values.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 28-Aug-19 -

Moravian Church Settlements (T) by Zoë Sheng

When I went to Bethlehem, USA (Pennsylvania) this summer I wasn't sure what to expect. A colonial quarter from the 18th century. There is a parking lot right next to the "entrance" below the bridge. Everything is free. The houses are in decent condition but can only be seen from the outside as far as I know. Maybe there are special days to visit them. It is nice to see how the buildings form a village: a dye house, butchery and so on. Those, however, are very often found in Europe and in fact this site is aiming as a transnational extension to Christiansfeld in Denmark. Having the same over in the States is unfortunately nowhere near special in my opinion, and I don't find that unique enough. I wasn't a fan of the Danish town but it was at least a living town, not these abandoned buildings. A national treasure maybe but even then I'm not very sure. The place had zero visitors when I was there and doesn't seem very keen on attracting any. FYI this is 2h from NYC by car.

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