The Federal Council Chamber

Originally this room served as anteroom where the Members of the House of Lords assembled before they entered their chamber, which now serves as the meeting hall of the National Council. It has been used for the sittings of the Federal Council since 1920.

The coats of arms of the nine Federal Provinces adorn the long side of the room above the President’s podium. They symbolise the share the provinces have in making the laws for the whole of Austria. Here too, the walls of the room, which was damaged by war action and subsequently restored to its original appearance, are made of scagliola. The keyhole covers were originally decorated with the coats of arms of the seventeen kingdoms and lands represented in the Reichsrat (Imperial Council) and with the initials of Emperor Francis Joseph I.