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The first Beethovenhalle was built in 1845 during the inauguration of the Beethoven Monument, located in the Münsterplatz, the second hall was built in 1870 for centennial celebration of Beethoven's birth. Construction began anew on the hall after its destruction during Second World War. The third Beethovenhalle was designed and built under the direction of the German architect Siegfried Wolske.
The new hall
In September 1959 it was completed and has since then been an emblem of the city and one of the most important buildings of contemporary Germany. As the former halls, it is characterized by an excellent acoustic. In this context it has to be mentioned that the Beethovenhalle is highly important for the preservation of Beethoven’s musical tradition. Furthermore it is the home of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. The opening and the final concert of the Beethovenfest takes place in the large hall, which offers seats for about 2000 concert guests. Prominent artists from around the world perform in the Beethovenhalle. In addition to that the hall is further used for carnival-events, exhibitions, parties, celebrations, conferences and conventions (e.g. AnimagiC).
Spot for political and historical events
When Bonn was capital of West Germany the Beethovenhalle was often an important spot for political and historical events. For four times between 1974 and 1989 the Bundesversammlung, which elects the President of Germany, took place in this historical site. Since 1990 the Beethovenhalle has been under a preservation order. In 1996 it was modernized for an estimated cost of 22.6 Million DM (11,55 Million €).