When the danish king Christian VII, who was at the same time the Duke of Schleswig, visited the village Zeist in the Netherlands in 1768, he was impressed by the artisans of the Moravian Church, of their diligence and their skill. He was so impressed that he allowed them 3 years later to settle in Schleswig. On the 1st April of 1773 the foundation of the first house and therefore the city was laid. Grateful the settlers named their new city Christiansfeld. – And as impressed as the danish king was 250 years ago, todays visitors of this historc place are also – at least we were.
The city was built after a strict plan with a rectancular net of streets with the linden tree alley as main center line. Following their religious tradition a brother and a sister house was built, where the unmarried members of the community lived gender divided until their marriage, a house for the widows, a typical simple Church finished in 1777, a school for girls and a school for boys, an apothecary, a fire engine house and a pastorate – all in yellow tiles so the town looks very harmonical until today. Therefore the village was inscribed to the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage on the 4th of July 2015.
The Morovian Church brought their artisan skilss with them: sewing of gloves, candledrawing, cooking of soap and food. Until today the village is famous for its honeycake (danish: Honningkager), every bakery offers them in different styles.
We had some in the garden of the old apothecary. Instead of medicine nowadays yarn for knitting and decorations are sold here besides the cake and coffee we enjoyed.
When we were here some yeares ago, I liked the Moravian stars (in German: Herrenhuter Stern) so much, and today I fulfilled my wish of owning such a one. My dear husband will give it to me for our wedding anniversery – a big one for outside and a small one for my sewing room. Good, that christmas decorations are due shortly after our wedding day – I am very much looking forward to hang my new treasures.