The name of today’s Federal Capital was first mentioned in official documents by the Roman author Florus from the years 9 to 13 BC. In 1210 Archbishop Dietrich I of Cologne built Godesburg Castle. In 1601 the electors and archbishops of Cologne made Bonn their residence town and capital. The year 1715 saw the distinction of the Bonn Fortress and the start of expansion into a Baroque residence. In 1770 Bonn’s most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born. In 1935 Godesborg received the status of a town. In 1949 Bonn was designated as the provisional Federal Capital of Germany.
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