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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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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 4 years ago

  • Segalili
    Segaliliover 4 years ago

    WOW!!! Stunning architetural shots, Denis! You show us such original and creative angles, that its much better than being there :-)))

  • Thank you so much Lili!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Wow and Double WOWOW!!!

  • Huge thanks and for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Excellent, Denis.

  • Thank you David!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Fantastic detail and capture !

  • Thank you Steven!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    this series is very good

  • Huge thanks my dear friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Bertspix1
    Bertspix1over 4 years ago

    Hi Denis
    This difficult architectural shot has great d.o.f.
    congratulations… well done

  • Thank you a lot Bert!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    great image!

  • Thank you Scott!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 4 years ago

    Great capture …

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 4 years ago

    Fantastic perspective Denis….wonderfully detailed shot

  • Thank you so much Gilberte and for the fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

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