The Reichstag

The Reichstag, Berlin, GermanyThe Reichstag , the German Parliamentary building, was designed by Paul Wallot in a neo-renaissance design. The building was constructed between 1884-1894 after the founding of the German Empire in 1872.
On January 30th 1933 Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany with a coalition government. The following day Hitler dissolved the Parliament. New elections were planned for March as Hilter wanted an absolute majority . During the election campaign a section of the Reichstag building was burnt to the ground following a series of violent protests. The communists were blamed for the fire, giving Hitler and his Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers' Party or NSDAP: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterparte) a boost in the elections. On July 1933 the Nazi Party took control of the Reichstag after winning the elections.
The fire was later blamed on a Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe who was executed for his crime.
In 1941 the Reichstag became the headquarters for the Luftwaffe (German Air Force).

The Reichstag, German Parliamentary building, Berlin, GermanyInteresting Facts About The Reichstag

Following the Battle of Berlin in 1945 the Red Army Soldiers raised the Soviet flag on the Reichstag.

Between 1957 and 1972 major rebuilding of the Reichstag took place.

On the 2nd December 1990, following German's reunification, the first meeting of the newly-elected Bundestag (the lower house of the federal German Parliament) took place at the Reichstag.

By 1991 the German government was moved  back to Berlin which had once again became German's capital.

Between 1995 & 1999 a meeting hall and elliptical dome were added.

In 1995 artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag. They used 100,000 square meters (1,076,000 square feet) of thick woven polypropylene fabric with an aluminum surface and 15,600 meters (51,181 feet) of blue polypropylene rope, diameter 3.2 cm. It took ten companies in Germany to manufacture all the various
materials.