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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy

From Wikipedia

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon; it is prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and connects to the Piazza della Scala. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.

The street is covered over by an arching glass and cast iron roof, a popular design for nineteenth-century arcades, such as the Burlington Arcade, London, which was the prototype for larger glazed shopping arcades, beginning with the Saint-Hubert Gallery in Brussels (opened 1847) and the Passazh in St Petersburg, (opened 1848) and including the Galleria Umberto in Naples (opened 1890).

The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome. The Milanese Galleria was larger in scale than its predecessors and was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping mall, of which it was the direct progenitor. It has inspired the use of the term galleria for many other shopping arcades and malls. The use of the iron structure has inspired also the Eiffel Tower, in Paris.

The Galleria connects two of Milan’s most famous landmarks: The Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala, but the Galleria is a landmark on its own right.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Oh Denis!! It is so beautiful!!! Great comp.

  • Hundred thanks for your compliment and fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    What a nice work u done

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    What a glorious capture Denis. Fantastic geometric shapes and patterns.
    Well spotted. Don.

  • Huge thanks Don for kind comment and fav, much appreciated!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyover 4 years ago

    Superb geometry and composition:)

  • Thank you so much and for the fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Excellent, Denis!

  • Thank you David!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 4 years ago

    WOW.. I like this ..

  • Thank you Ray & for the fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Rajdev73
    Rajdev73over 4 years ago

    Great work as usual my friend. Italy is a great place for this kind of architecture I believe.

  • Thank you mate!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    The symmetrical composition works very well here Denis. Gorgeous shot mate :))

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    great composition, well done

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 4 years ago

    Amazing image Denis!! *-)

  • Thank you so much Deb!

    – Denis Molodkin

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