| Palace of the Republic|
Palazzo della Repubblica
|Construction||7 January 4235 - 17 Marzo 4238|
The Palace of the Republic (Istalian: Palazzo della Repubblica) is a palace and landmark in Romula, seat of the National Assembly of the Istalian Empire since 4571. Previously, since 4328, the Palace housed both the Houses of the Parliament of Istalian Republic, for which the Palace was specifically built. The Palace hosts also the Museum of the Parliament.
The site of the Palace, on the shores of the Sala river, once was occupied by the rest of the Parliament of the Royal Union of Quanzar, majestic neogothic building part of the Institutional Quartier of Haxons (as was renamed Romula under the solentian-luthorian monarchy) which, started to be built in 2718, was never finished due the fall of the Monarchy in 2738 and was then totally demolished in 2893 so to open a way for the enlargement of the Lungosala, the boulevards running along both the side of the river. Then for century the area was occupied by a park until the decision in 33th century to build here the new building to host the Parliament.
When the parliament was reformed into the unicameral National Congress of the Fifth Republic in 4555, the congressmen of the first term, being only 125 members, gathered in the smaller Hall of the Senate, while the next and the following 635-members Congresses, of necessity, used the larger Hall of the Chamber. Since when the Congress too was reformed in 4571 under the Imperial Reform, finally, the Hall of the Chamber hauses the session of the National Assembly of the Istalian Empire. The hemicycle of the National Assembly hosted the inauguration cerimony of Michele the First as Emperor of the Istalians during which the Emperor sworne in front of the legislature and the Nation.
In 4575 was presented a project to restructure the Hall of the Assembly to better reflect the new Imperial status of the parliament and of the nation.
The Palace is the largest public buildings in Romula, in fact it contains 200,000 m² and it hosts the debating chambers of the Parliament, the offices of both the Houses's Presidencies, the offices of the Vice-Presidents, the offices of the Whips of the Parliamentary Groups, the most important Parliament Committees and related offices, then two conferences halls, an auditorium, two restaurants and the already mentioned Museum of the Parliament.
Also if it is a Modern Style building, the Palace shows clear classical and monumental features: all the four facades are almost totally occupied by four porticos supported by giant pilars while corner risalits stand at the four corners and the white marmble covers almost all the surfaces.
The hemicycle of the Chamber, considerably larger then the one of the Senate, has been thought to accomodate the joint session of the Parliament: around the hemiclycle usually used by the Deputies, there is another ring of seats conceiled behind sliding walls, called the Rear Gallery where the senators could find place. In the terrace between the Hemicycle and the Rear Gallery find place guests, spectators and the media.
Under the Istalian Empire, with the unicameral parliament, the Rear Gallery was used only for the inauguration cerimony of Michele I to hosted the Presidents of the Regions and Provinces, Representatives of the various regional and provincial Councils, the Judges of the Supreme Tribunal, members of the High Council of the Judiciary, the exponents of the National Association of Istalian Mayors, representatives of the institutional, cultural, economic and social world, a large number of members of the Armed Forces and the members of the Imperial Family, seated into a Honor Balconet presidied by the Imperial Guard at the last end of the Rear Gallery.
The Transpt of HonorsEdit
Instead among the most interesting place, there is a lomg and large corridor dividing the two chambers decorated by large frescos dedicated to the history of Istalia and busts in bronze and marble of notable past members of Parliament along the walls, it is called Transept of Honors (Istalian: Transetto degli Onori), but is colloquially called only Il Transetto.