Els Slots (The Netherlands):
Christiansfeld is an easy site to visit on the way between the Jelling WHS and Hamburg, and well worth a short stop. It's a small town that has preserved its planned layout and original architecture well. It was founded around 1773 by Dutch members of a protestant mission group, the Herrenhutter or Moravian Brethren.
I walked Christianfeld's picturesque main streets in about half an hour. The straight roads are lined with rows of linden. The sturdy houses are made of light coloured bricks. The undoubted highlight is the huge wooden Moravian Church, located at a fine small square that would not be out of place in Holland or Flanders. No wonder, as the Dutch town of Zeist has been used as an example for Christiansfeld's construction.
Without a brilliantly written nomination file, focussing on the fate of the Protestant Herrenhutter, chances are low that this will ever become a WHS. To my knowledge, Denmark isn't preparing a nomination. They tried Stevns Klint for 2013, but the file was dismissed incomplete.
Date posted: April 2013
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