BETHLEHEM, Pa., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Historic Moravian Bethlehem, a National Historic Landmark District, has been honored with placement on the US Tentative List for eventual nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List on Friday, December 9, 2016. Official announcement of the nomination was made through the Federal Register through the Department of the Interior.
With its intact core of original buildings, Historic Moravian Bethlehem preserves some of the most important structures and sites relating to the Moravians in the New World and is significant as an outstanding example of Moravian architecture and town planning. The Moravian settlement of Christiansfeld, Denmark, founded 30 years after Bethlehem, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.
Historic Moravian Bethlehem's footprint is 14 acres of the original 18th-century Moravian settlement which served as the center of Moravian activities in America. The settlement played a key role in both the international and American Moravian communities. Today, visitors can enjoy some of the finest 18th-century colonial Germanic architecture in the nation and explore artifacts that speak to the Moravian community.
The work continues as the organization strives to work toward the nomination to be placed on the World Heritage List.
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites invites the public to experience Historic Moravian Bethlehem in person with group, custom, museum, and walking tour offerings provided year round. We welcome visitors from 50 states in the US and 26 foreign countries. For more information, please visit our website at www.HistoricBethlehem.org or call 1-800-360-TOUR.
About Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history. Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation's earliest settlers, to America's first municipal water pumping system, and to one of the world's greatest industrial companies. Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a National Historic Landmark District. Check us out on Facebook (@HistoricBethlehem), Instagram (@historicbethlehem), Twitter (@HistoricBeth), Pinterest (@historicbeth), and LinkedIn (Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites).
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