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Bundeshaus

What Is Bundeshaus Anyway?

Bundeshaus is the German word for the Federal Palace. It is the name of a building in the capital of Switzerland, in Bern. It is the place where the Swiss Federal Assembly (parliament) and the Federal Council meet. The complex is comprised of a central parliament building and a couple of wings (western and eastern) that houses both government departments, as well as a library. 

The chambers where the Council of States and the National Council meet are divided. The dome has a height of 64 meters on the outside, and a height of 33 meters on the inside. The center mosaic is representative of the Federal coat of arms, in combination with a Latin motto that translates in English to “one for all, and all for one”. It is engulfed by the coat of arms from the 22 cantons that were in existence in 1902. The Canton of Jura coat of arms, made in 1979, was displayed outside of the mosaic. 

The German word Bundeshaus translates in English to the “federal house”, and the Italian and French names both translate to “Federal Palace”.

History 

The complex was designed by Hans Auer, and the inauguration ceremony happened on April 1st of 1902. The full cost, at the time it was created, was a little over seven million Swiss Francs.

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