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in Berlin is special
The relatively new glass dome of the German Parliament Building, the Reichstag, has a remarkable architectural design.
The 1999 Reichstag dome (see photo) was designed by Britain's internationally renowned architect Sir Norman Foster.
View government in action
The glass cupola sits directly over the German legislative chamber. Dome visitors can peer down into that room and, if the legislative body is in session, can see the members in action.
A colossal inverted funnel with attached mirrors rises in the middle of the dome (see photo). Its purpose is threefold:
Ventilate the parliament chamber
Reflect light off the mirrors down into that assembly room
Impress the tourists
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