Bonn (dpa / lnw) - With actors in historical costumes, the Bonn Beethoven monument was once again ceremonially unveiled 177 years after its inauguration. An estimated 1,000 onlookers watched the historical spectacle on Sunday afternoon, with the old main post office forming the backdrop. The Prussian flag waved over the building, which was built as a city palace, the balcony was framed with red velvet and flower garlands adorned the facade. The role of British Queen Victoria, who was present at the inauguration in 1845, was taken over by Bonn's Mayor Katja Dörner (Greens).
British Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Archduke Friedrich von Austria and the researcher Alexander von Humboldt traveled to the inauguration of the monument to the Bonn-born composer in 1845. At that time, they watched the ceremony from a balcony and thus provided the template for the spectacle on Sunday. Many of the onlookers wore black and white clothing. Many hats could also be seen on Münsterplatz. Even before the historic festival, Bonn residents and visitors were able to view the restored monument. It had then been veiled for the spectacle.