Gewandhaus is a concert hall in Leipzig
Leipzig Leipzig has always been a trade city, situated during the time of the Holy Roman Empire at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, two important trade routes. At one time, Leipzig was one of the major European centres of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing...

, Germany
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. Today's hall is the third to bear this name; like the second, it is noted for its fine acoustics. The first Gewandhaus was built in 1781 by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe
Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe
Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe was a German architect and etcher who specialised in the Neo-Classical style.Dauthe was born in Leipzig and educated by Adam Friedrich Oeser...

. The second opened on 11 December 1884, and was destroyed in the fire-bombings of World War II
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 between 1943 and 1944. The third Gewandhaus on Augustusplatz
The Augustusplatz is a square located at the east end of the city centre of Leipzig. It is the city's largest square and one of the largest squares in Germany...

 opened on 8 October 1981. It is currently the home of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the the oldest symphony orchestras in the world...


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