Monday, 13 August 2018

Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement

Postcards not always show the part of the site that we'd like to be shown. In this case I only had a card showing a well and a gate. Now I'm much happier with an aerial view, much more representative of the property 

This postcard was sent from Sweden by Doris

Founded in 1773 in South Jutland, the site is an example of a planned settlement of the Moravian Church, a Lutheran free congregation centred in Herrnhut, Saxony. The town was planned to represent the Protestant urban ideal, constructed around a central Church square. The architecture is homogenous and unadorned, with one and two-storey buildings in yellow brick with red tile roofs. The democratic organization of the Moravian Church, with its pioneering egalitarian philosophy, is expressed in its humanistic town planning.

This postcard was sent by Christina

The settlement’s plan opens onto agricultural land and includes important buildings for the common welfare such as large communal houses for the congregation’s widows and unmarried men and women. The buildings are still in use and many are still owned by the local Moravian Church community. - in:

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