This Renaissance building, the Federal Palace, contains the two chambers of Switzerland's Parliament. Inaugurated in 1902, the Parliament building has a glass dome that displays the coats of arms of all 22 Swiss cantons. Of interest are the stained-glass windows, which symbolize education, public works, defense, and justice. In the ground-floor rotunda a relief depicts the legend of the origin of Switzerland as dramatized in Schiller's saga of Wilhelm Tell. You can also visit the Chamber of the National Council, dominated by a large fresco by Gyron, and the Chamber of the Council of States, decorated with a mural painting by Albert Welti. This monument, which had been closed, has announced a major re-opening, attendant with lots of civic pride and fanfare, for sometime during the early summer of 2008.
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- tel: 031/322-85-22
- Call for details about scheduled tours, which are not conducted when Parliament is in session
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