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Behalt attracts tourists

Published: September 1, 2010 1:15 PM
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Walking into Behalt, the history of Mennonite faith envelopes its visitors with the 265 ft. long cyclorama that displays every step and memory of Amish heritage.

With Behalt meaning "to keep," or "to remember," the past 485 years of Amish and Mennonite heritage is illustrated for everyone to witness this group's journey.

From their Anabaptist beginnings to where they have evolved today, the history overwhelmes all visitors and takes them through a story told in the beauty of art.

Starting within the development of the early Christian church, the mural continues with the acceptance of Christianity by the Roman Empire and the growth of Roman Catholicism.

The Anabaptist heritage began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1525 with adult baptism and continued throughout the world. From this movement sprang the Mennonites, Amish and Hutterite people.

Today the Anabaptist faith holds more than 1.6 million living believers in 80 countries.

As one of only four cycloramas in North America, Behalt is distinguished as the work of solely one artist -- from original research and conception to charcoal sketches and finally oils-on-canvas production of this historic masterpiece.

Behalt welcomes guests to witness and appreciate the largest Amish settlement in the world. The beautiful scenery, combined with old-fashioned hospitality, is believed to provide an unforgettable experience that will keep visitors coming back for years.

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