(GMT)30 SEP 2017 ST_DT780:
Many tourists visit The Reichstag but people rarely know about its history....Here is a short history.
The Reichstag is a very important site in German history - its colourful past reflects the turbulence of German history since the 19th century. The Reichstag was constructed from 1884-94 by Paul Wallot, since a representative building was needed to house the parliament of the newly-founded German state. On 9 November 1918, the politician Philipp Scheidemann announced the establishment of the Republic from one of its windows. After the war, the devastated building was rebuilt in a simplified form from 1961-1971, but it was not used for parliamentary functions. After reunification, the German Federal Government decided to use the building as a parliament once again. From 1994-1999 the Reichstag was reconstructed and extended by the Architect Sir Norman Forster Since 1999 the Reichstag is home to the Bundestag (the lower Parliament)