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A united Germany's capital since 1999, Berlin has evolved into a cosmopolitan city to rival both London and Paris. Following World War II and the fall of the Nazi regime, Berlin became a divided city, partitioned into British, French and American zones in the west, and a Soviet zone to the east. The western zones gradually merged into West Berlin while the eastern zone continued to fall under Soviet rule. Following the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989, the city's two haves were re-united and eventually became Germany's capital, yet again. *** Local Caption *** The Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament, returned to its traditional seat in the spring of 1999. Remodeling by British architect Sir Norman Foster lightened up the gray monolith with a glass dome. Completed in 1894, the Reichstag housed the imperial German parliament. On the night of February 28, 1933, the Reichstag burned down. It was rebuilt but again badly damaged in 1945. The graffiti of the victorious Russian soldiers can still be seen on some of the walls in the hallways.