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The intricate glass ceiling of this building is a masterpiece in itself. The light and space of the building is fascinating, a real architectural gem. Also notice the frescoes on the high stone walls.
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.
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A speciality of Milan is the 19th century belle époque-style Galeria Vittorio Emanuele being the oldest shopping mall in the world. The four-story arcade houses shops, cafes and luxury boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci; the famous but a bit pricey Ristorante Savini is placed on the second floor.
You can find also a McDonalds that seemed a bit out of place here. There is a special atmosphere due to the glass ceiling and the mosaic floor.
The symbols on the mosaic floor represent the capitals of the Kingdom of Italy in various periods: Milan, Turin, Florence and Rome.
A superstition, reported in every guides, says, the emblem of Turin brings good luck by rotating on it. Just look the others and you will see how it should be done, and remember that the rotation has to be clockwise, because otherwise the good luck becomes bad. It is funny and interesting, but I had never seen any local milanesi rotating there. It seems not to be a local, rather a touristic custom!
Above, the mosaics in the semicircular pedentives under the glass dome represent the “four corners of the earth”: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. They were originally frescoes, but were replaced in mosaic. The 24 statues in the Gallery represent Italian personalities, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Galilei, Volta etc.

Taken with a Nikon D80 and A Sigma 10/20 lens.

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italy, black, ceiling, galleria, italian, milan, stephenknowles, vittorio, white, windows

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  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 5 years ago

    brilliant!!

  • Thankyou for the positive feedback, it’s a real boost.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 5 years ago

    well done, the b&w makes it unusual which makes it stand out

  • Thankyou for taking time to comment on my photo, I really appreciate it.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Rebecca Bryson
    Rebecca Brysonover 5 years ago

  • ChelseaBlue
    ChelseaBlueover 5 years ago

    Lovely in B&W, nice capture

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot! Congratulations on being featured.

  • kilmann
    kilmannover 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot with great angle.

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 5 years ago

    amazing photo and building

  • Stephen Knowles
    Stephen Knowlesover 5 years ago

    Thanks all for your feedback and for taking the time to give it. It’s much appreciated.

  • Rachael Lynch
    Rachael Lynchabout 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Im off to Milan next week so will hopefully have time to visit if its central!

  • Thanks so much for your comment. This is indeed very central, just around off the duomo square. It’s a lovely city & great for people-watching. Enjoy your holiday.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Rachael did you go to Milan and if so what did you think?

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Cathy L. Gregg
    Cathy L. Greggabout 5 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning. A lot of people don’t see the art in architecture and you captured it perfectly.

  • Thanks for your comment Cathy.

    – Stephen Knowles

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