The 2nd World War ended this day 70 years ago.
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During the battle Berlin Reichstag became one of the central targets for the Red Army to capture due to its perceived symbolic significance. It was constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse.
The next time, Reichstag was in a prominent role, was when the official German reunification ceremony was held there on 3 October 1990.
In 1992, Norman Foster won the architectural contest for the reconstruction of the building though his winning concept looked very different from what was later executed. Notably, the original design did not include a cupola.
During the reconstruction, the building was first almost completely gutted, taking out everything except the outer walls. Respect for the historic aspects of the building was one of the conditions stipulated to the architects, so traces of historical events were to be retained in a visible state.
The reconstruction was completed in 1999, with the Bundestag convening there officially for the first time on 19 April of that year. The Reichstag is now the second most visited attraction in Germany, not least because of the huge glass dome that was erected on the roof as a gesture to the original 1894 cupola, giving an impressive view over the city, especially at night.