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The village was first mentioned in 1232 as "in Bethlehem". It was named after the Premonstratensian monastery Bethlehem, an outpost of Mariëngaarde, which was at the location between c. 1170 until 1580. The monastery was named after Bethlehem, Palestina.
Bartlehiem is especially well-known due to the Elfstedentocht for ice skaters, who have to pass through the hamlet twice. Coming from the west from Feinsum through the Feinsumer Feart, a wide ditch. Skaters then pass the famous wooden bicycle and pedestrian bridge of Bartlehiem, after the bridge they skate north over the Dokkumer Ie to Dokkum. On return they turn left to the east over the Aldtsjerkster Feart, a similar ditch. From here it is approx 10 km to the finish line on the Bonkefeart in Leeuwarden. Due to this, Bartlehiem is the only place where a spectator can see Elfstedentocht-participants from three directions.
Wooden bridge of Bartlehiem
Former dairy factory
Dokkumer Ie through Bartlehiem
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- "Bartlehiem - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 March 2022.
- P Schmidt Schaaf (3 February 1893). "Zuivelfabriek - Bartlehiem". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). Leeuwarden. p. 5. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
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- "Zestien dementerenden naar Bartlehiem". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). Leeuwarden. 28 October 2010. p. 18. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
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