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.

The Gorgeous East Side Gallery


East side gallery is a special place which involves a 1.3 km long section of a wall located near berlin. It is, however, an international memorial for freedom. After the wall came down around 1989, the east side of the wall was transformed by the artists from all over the globe with their over one hundred paintings forming a long lasting expression of freedom and reconciliation.These artists were driven by the extraordinary events which were transforming the world. The new face that came up is what known as the east side gallery and is the largest open air gallery in the world with its unique mural paintings.

The paints on the east side gallery remind of a time of change when people had great hopes for a better world with freedom for the people. One of the most unique pictures was illustrating the mortal kiss by DimitriVrubel showing Erich Honecker kissing Leonid Brezhnev with their lips locked. Another one was by Noir showing awesome cartoon faces.

East side gallery, however, seems to be neglected with its only source of funding being donations and private sponsors.Only two paintings have been restored and repainted with the initiative of gallery which is also trying to return the attention of the gallery to the attention of Berliners.Some of the paintings, however, suffered decay due to defacement as well as air pollution not forgetting weather. Hope is seen where under heritage protection, restoration of more than a quarter of these paintings is underway.

East side gallery offers various services such as many bars and cafes that attract families especially in the summer to take their time out. Sporting and music events are not also left behind as various teams celebrate their championships there. The freedom of the artists can therefore be vividly seen with the view of this wall.


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