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Schwäbisch Gmünd in Ostalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 

Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA)

 
 
Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 24, 2017
1. Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA) Marker
Inscription. Die Partnerschaft zwischen Bethlehem und Schwäbisch Gmünd besteht seit 1991. Bethlehem ist eine der ältesten Städte der USA. Sie wurde am Heiligen Abend 1741 von einer deutschen Pilgergruppe - den "Moravians" (Mährern) - gegründet. Die ca. 75.000 Einwohner zählende Stadt liegt an den Ausläufern der Appalachen, einem waldreichen Mittelgebirge und im Herzen des Lehigh Tales in Penn-sylvania, 90 Meilen von New York entfernt. Die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung Bethlehems war für viele Jahrzehnte hindurch von "Bethlehem Steel"; einem der größten Stahlkonzerne der Welt, geprägt. Aber auch der Bildungssektor war immer ein wichtiges Standbein für die Stadt: Schon im Jahr 1742 entstand das Moravian-College, das sechsälteste College in den USA überhaupt. Die Lehigh University zählt heute zu den besten Ingenieurhochschulen in den USA. Ein besonderes Augenmerk liegt während der Weihnachtszeit auf Bethlehem: die Stadt ist in den USA bekannt als „Christmas City". Bei der Gestaltung des Gartens der Partnerstadt Bethlehem wurde mit dem Stern von Bethlehem, der auch im Wappen der Stadt wiederzufinden ist, Bezug auf diese besondere Tradition genommen.


[English translation:]
Bethlehem and Schwäbisch Gmünd have been sister cities since 1991. Bethlehem is one of the oldest cities in the US. It was founded on
Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 24, 2017
2. Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem Marker - Wide View
Christmas Eve, 1741 by members of a small German sect - the "Moravians" (originally from Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic). The city, with approximately 75,000 inhabitants, is located in the foothills of the Appalachians, a wooded medium-height range, and is located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, 90 miles from New York. The economic development of Bethlehem was for many decades driven by "Bethlehem Steel" - one of the largest steel groups in the world. But the educational sector has always been an important part of the city's development. As early as 1742, Moravian College, the sixteenth college in the US, was founded. Lehigh University is today one of the best engineering colleges in the USA. During the Christmas period, Bethlehem is particularly popular: the city is known as "Christmas City" in the US. The Star of Bethlehem, which can also be found in the town's coat of arms, was used to design the city gardens, in accordance with this particular tradition.
 
Erected 2014 by Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd. (Marker Number 32.)
 
Location. 48° 48.005′ N, 9° 47.475′ E. Marker is in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, in Ostalbkreis. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bahnhofstrasse and Am Stadtgarten
Star of Bethlehem image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 24, 2017
3. Star of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - Founded 1741
. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bahnhofstrasse 8, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg 73525, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fünfknopfturm / Five-points Tower (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Glockenturm / Belltower (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Katharina Czisch (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Schwäbisch Gmünd War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Marktplatz Nr. 16 (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
Regarding Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA). The marker takes a little bit of walking to find: it's on a pedestrian path between the main part of the city garden and the path that follows the stream that flows into the Rems. If it is any help, look for the giant chess board (see Photo No. 2).
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Bethlehem (City of Bethlehem). (Submitted on August 12, 2017.)
2. Bethlehem, USA (Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd, in German). (Submitted on August 12, 2017.)
 
Categories. EducationHorticulture & ForestrySettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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