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The Herrnhuters (Moravians). From Saxony to Europe

The European City Zentrum für Kultur//Geschichte

A worldwide religious movement comes from Saxony: the Moravian Church. In 1722, Nicholas Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) settled refugees from Moravia, who had been forbidden to practice their Protestant faith in the Kingdom of Bohemia, near Berthelsdorf in Upper Lusatia (Saxony). So the settlement Herrnhut was founded. A sacrament service on August 13, 1727 was felt as an awakening. Since then, this event is considered the foundation of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum, Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine), a worldwide evangelical free church.

On the basis of Herrnhut, the central reference point of the faith tradition of the Moravian Church, a Europe-wide network of settlements of the Moravians emerged. These approximately 30 places are characterized by their very own, unmistakable character, which can be read in many places until today. In 7 European countries we can find still living or former Moravian settlements.

The aim of the project is to build up a network of Moravian settlements in Europe. All those who use, run, live or tour the Moravian settlements today are included. The establishment of a network office, mutual visits and the organization of a conference in Herrnhut will strengthen the links between the actors. In addition, a guide to the Moravian sites in 7 languages to be issued. The result is a European cultural route that, based on the heritage of the Moravians, conveys such important values as freedom of belief, respect for other languages and cultures, and the transgression of national and denominational boundaries.

The project is sponsored by Representative for Culture and Media of the Federal Government as part of the European Cultural Year 2018.

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