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Historic Bethlehem

The city of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley offer Moravian students a rich blend of history, culture, and recreation. Moravian is located in lively Bethlehem, a small city noted for its historic sites, musical events (especially Musikfest in August!), craftsmanship and art, and local industry. Near Bethlehem are Allentown and Easton. Together they form the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area, home to nearly three-quarters of a million people and eight colleges and universities. With its founding date of May 1742--five months after founding of Bethlehem--Moravian College is the oldest.

Moravian's two campuses are at either end of "the Moravian Mile," a stretch of Main Street that includes the attractive downtown shopping district. Downtown Bethlehem features shops for clothing, gifts, jewelry, books (at the Moravian Book Shop operated by the Moravian Church since 1745), a movie theatre, and restaurants ranging from Billy's Downtown Diner to Johnny’s Bagels.

Bethlehem is a city which has blended culture and commerce, progress and preservation. Among its cultural highlights are the Bach Festival in May, the nine-day Musikfest drawing a million visitors each August, the Celtic Classic in September, and the events and displays of the Christmas season, which attract many thousands of guests from all over the world. A special Christmas event is the College's annual candlelight Christmas Vespers service in Central Moravian Church, which attracts well over 5,000 participants.

For further information about Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley, with a comprehensive listing of events, attractions, lodgings, restaurants, and entertainment, see LehighValleyNow, the Lehigh Valley's multimedia Internet magazine or visit www.bethlehem-pa.gov.

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