Herrnhut – A Moravian Church Settlement and World Heritage Candidate


Glass art, jewelry, quiz and a sustainability camp

Creative student projects from Herrnhut. The Moravian settlement of Herrnhut in Saxony is on its way to becoming a World Heritage Site. Together with the Moravian settlement Bethlehem (USA) and Gracehill (Northern Ireland), they have submitted an application to UNESCO to complement and transnationally expand the existing World Heritage Site "Christiansfeld" in Denmark in the future. Learn more ...


The ‘mother’ settlement of the Renewed Moravian Church

The Moravian Church settlement Herrnhut was established in 1722 by Count Zinzendorf as a ‘new town’, the ‘mother’ settlement of the Renewed Moravian Church. Herrnhut’s spatial plan, prototype architectural developments, and overall distinctive Moravian Church character reflects the origin and evolution of Moravian religious and societal ideals. The model of the Herrnhut settlement was replicated in 27 additional Moravian Church settlements founded between 1738 and 1807.

On the way to becoming part of an international World Heritage site

Herrnhut is one component part currently nominated for a transnational extension of the already inscribed World Heritage site “Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement” (Denkmark). On the way to becoming part of an international World Heritage site, we want to communicate the global meaning of Herrnhut to young people and engage them in the sustainable safeguarding. The students will discuss and creatively deal with the topic of monument conservation, urban development and climate change and answer the question: How can we preserve our heritage in times of climate change? How can we make a local contribution? And how do we want to live at and safeguard Herrnhut as a potential World Heritage site in future?

Find more information whc.unesco.org/en.