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Historic Moravian Bethlehem officially partners with Moravian communities in Northern Ireland, UK, Denmark, and Germany

September 15th, 2021

On September 15, 2021 representatives from Germany, Northern Ireland, and Denmark were in Bethlehem to sign a joint application to be World Heritage sites. Historic Moravian Bethlehem has now officially partnered with these other historic Moravian communities.

The Bethlehem World Heritage Commission announced that the 14.7-acre settlement preserved in the heart of Bethlehem was authorized by the U.S. Department of the Interior to participate in a multi-country nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List of historic Moravian Church settlements in Europe and North America.

The settlement had been on UNESCO’s Tentative List since December of 2016 after a 14-year campaign for a spot.

“There are only a little over 1,000 World Heritage sites in the whole world,” said Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. “All of us working together with our colleagues is just fabulous.”

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