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The Reichstag was originally completed in 1894 to meet the need of the newly-unified German Empire for a larger parliamentary building. 

Its architect, Paul Wallot, intended the Reichstag to resemble a Renaissance palace. 

In 1933 the building was severely damaged in a fire set by a Dutch communist , an event infamously exploited by the Nazis. 

After the reunification of Germany it became the meeting place of the modern German parliament, the Bundestag. 

The Reichstag has undergone considerable restoration and alteration, not least the addition of a spectacular glass dome designed by the British architect Norman Foster. 

The dome has a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape.