Reichstag: A Historical Building With A Story To Tell
Reichstag building is a historical structure found in Berlin, Germany. It was constructed in the 1800s and it was meant to house the parliament since other buildings were considered small to hold parliament meetings. Construction began in 1871 but was plagued by land problems that led to plans stopping for ten years later. It was in 1882 that construction commenced after a solution to the problem was found. In 1916, the words “To the German people” were carved above the main façade of the building. This building continued to be the seat of parliament until 1933 when it got destroyed by a fire under mysterious circumstances. This rendered useless for any parliamentary sessions to be held in it. However, in this state it was still used for propaganda presentation and for military training during the World War 2. It was further damaged during the battle of Berlin in 1945. It was the main target for the Red Army since it was considered to be of symbolic significance. After the war, this building was in total ruin and it could not be the seat of parliament. After the cold war, the Reichstag was physically within West Berlin but a few metres from East Berlin. It was partially renovated in the 1960s but it was fully reconstructed after the re-unification of Germany. Traces of historic events were carefully preserved but those considered inappropriate were removed. Reconstruction was completed in 1999 and the Bundestag officially convened a meeting there. It is now the second most visited attraction in Germany maybe because of the glass dome that constructed to replace the cupola that was badly damaged during the war. This historical building is open to the public and it is good way to remind ourselves about the past. It is a sure way of appreciating past and modern architecture combined into one to form a harmonious piece of art.