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City inspired by church values receives royal visit as it commemorates 250 years

by Premier Journalist

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and his wife Crown Princess Mary have taken part in the 250th anniversary of the city of Christiansfeld in Southern Jutland, Denmark, which was designed and built by the Moravian Church.

The royal couple, who are close friends with the Prince and Princess of Wales, were pictured walking through the town with Mayor Knud Erik Langhoff and Priest Joergen Boeytler.

Christiansfeld, founded in 1773 in South Jutland, is an example of a planned settlement of the Moravian Church, a Lutheran free congregation.

According to UNESCO, the town was designed to represent the Protestant urban ideal.  Its buildings - which all look alike - are constructed around a central Church square, and are one or two storeys high, in yellow brick with red tile roofs.  The architecture is deliberately plain, providing a simple cityscape in the town.

The Moravian Church values equality for all in its philosophy, and this sentiment is expressed in the town's planning.

The settlement’s opens onto agricultural land and includes important buildings for the wellbeing of the community.  Widows are provided for in large communal houses, along with unmarried men and women. The buildings are still in use and many are still owned by the local Moravian Church community.

The British and Danish royal families share close ties.  As a descendant from Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark, Queen Margrethe was the third cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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