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A corresponding article in German Wikipedia may contain information and sources useful in building this article. As our policy is not to use Wikipedia itself as a source for articles, please ensure you do not use any uncited statements. Also, check the sources on cited statements before using - replacing foreign language sources where possible with English language ones. (December 2009) After translating, {{Translated|de|Beethovenhalle}} must be added to the talk page to ensure copyright compliance. Translation instructions · Google translation (for guidance only - text not to be copied into this article) Beethovenhalle (2005) on the shores of the Rhine Großer Saal during Beethovenfest 2007 The Beethovenhalle is a concert hall in Bonn. It is the third hall to the name of Bonn born composer Ludwig van Beethoven. History 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 From 1974 to 1989 when Bonn was capital of West Germany the Beethovenhalle was an important spot for political and historical events. For four times the Bundesversammlung, which elects the President of Germany, took place in this historical site. Since 1990 the Beethovenhalle is under a preservation. In 1996 it was modernized for an estimated cost of 22.6 Million DM (11,55 Million €).