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The Journey to World Heritage Site Status

April 11th, 2023

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites along with the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Area Moravians, Central Moravian Church, and Moravian University — with the additional support of Northampton County — has spent more than two decades working to add Historic Moravian Bethlehem to the UNESCO World Heritage List

Now, Historic Moravian Bethlehem, a National Historic Landmark District called “Moravian Church Settlements – Bethlehem,” is one step closer to becoming a World Heritage Site.

Here are our 7 steps to attaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status

1750 Smithy is located just off Main Street in Historic Bethlehem
1750 Smithy is located just off Main Street in Historic Bethlehem

1.) Historic Moravian Bethlehem named a National Historic Landmark District in 2012

2.) Historic Moravian Bethlehem named to the U.S. Tentative List in 2016

3.) Site must be nominated

4.) Nominated February 1, 2023 as a single Moravian Church Settlements World Heritage Site to include Historic Moravian Bethlehem; Herrnhut, Germany; and Gracehill, Northern Ireland/UK; to join Christiansfeld, Denmark

5.) Review and selection of Moravian Church Settlements for inscription (earliest July, 2024)

6.) Inscription – Big community ceremony

7.) Go operational

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