The larger of the two chambers had a huge fresco done by Charles Chiron, titled 'The Cradle of the Confederation' which shows Lake Lucerne and its surrounding mountains, with a passing cloud formation to liven up the scenery.
According to Baedeker's Switzerland (1911 edition), the painting is best seen from the visitors' gallery located opposite. That advice was worth taking note of.
The central domed hall and both chambers featured numerous symbolic descriptions of Swiss history. As we were told, the Swiss Government consists of seven members of the Federal Council, who are elected by the United Federal Assembly for a four-year term. The President of the Confederation is elected for just one year and is regarded as Primus inter pares (first among equals) for this period.
He chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties (Tasks of the Federal Council). The Standerat represents all the cantons with two members from each. The Nationalrat is where two hundred members represent the public.
The various chambers are decorated with coats of arms, statues and paintings commemorating different events in Swiss history. If you want to see the assembly sitting, you can watch the proceedings from the public gallery. To know whether the assembly is sitting, what you can do is check whether the overhead flag is flying or not!
Oh! I nearly forgot. You should be informed that the parliament has green roof tops. This is not the latest style!
It is because the roofs were made of copper, which turned green over the years, after being exposed to the weather.
That was an interesting journey, wasn't it? See you soon with details from another interesting place!