4. Ludwig van Beethoven's birth

DOCUMENT OF BEETHOVEN'S CHRISTENING (December 17, 1770) The composer's mother was erroneously entered as Helena; her name was Magdalena Keverich. Godparents were Ludwig van Beethoven, the grandfather, and Frau Gertrude Baum, a neighbor, owner of the Haus zum Mohren which now houses the Beethoven Archive. (Register of christenings of the Remigius parish, Municipal Archive, Bonn)

ROOM IN WHICH BEETHOVEN WAS BORN The directors of the Beethovenhaus have refrained from repairing and renovating this historic room, and thus have tactfully maintained its solemnity. Only the marble bust by Wolff-Voss has found its place in this shrine.