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Taken in the glass dome of the German Reichstag, just above the parliament "Bundestag"


The Reichstag building in Berlin was constructed to house the Reichstag, the original parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933. It again became the seat of the German parliament in 1999 after a reconstruction led by internationally renowned architect Norman Foster (see above...)


Today's parliament of Germany is called the Bundestag. The Reichstag as a parliament dates back to the Holy Roman Empire and ceased to act as a true parliament in the years of the national socialistic regime (1933-1945). In today's usage, the German term Reichstag refers to the building, while the term Bundestag refers to the institution.

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Taken on January 14, 2006