About 300 years ago, on June 17th in 1722, Herrnhut was founded as a refuge for Protestant exiles from Moravia (in the Eastern part of today's Czech Republic). Under the leadership of carpenter Christian David (1692-1751), German-speaking descendants of the Church of the Bohemian Brethren settled on the Berthelsdorf estate of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zizendorf (1700-1760) in Upper Lusatia, Saxony. Life in the newly founded village was shaped by the ideal of forming a community of believers in Christ according to the example of the church in the New Testament.
Herrnhut soon became a center of attraction for like-minded religious seekers from other parts of Germany and beyond. The village dveloped quickly and eventually became a model for the stablishment of other congregations in Europe and throughout the world. It forms the birth place of the modern Moravian Church, which today numbers more than 1 million members in about 30 countries.
This exibition commemorates the founding of Herrnhut as a unique religious community and global network.
Open daily from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM until July 31st in the German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017