In 1860 the local government of Milan launched a competition for the redevelopment of a historic area between the Cathedral and the Scala Opera House. A monumental design by the Bolognese architect Giuseppe Mengoni was selected. Mengoni had studied the historic shopping arcades in Paris and proposed a large scale, glass covered arcade to connect the square in front of the cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, with the newly created square in front of the opera house of Milan, Piazza della Scala.
The first stone was laid on March 7, 1865 by king Victor Emmanuel II, after whom the arcade is named. Despite lukewarm local support - even a lottery failed to raise enough money - the project went smoothly and the Galleria was officially inaugurated on September 15, 1867. Work continued for another ten years - mainly on the imposing triumphal entrance. The day before its completion in December 1877, Mengoni fell to his death from the top of the triumphal arch.
Extracted from: www.aviewoncities.com/milan/
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lousat (91376) 2014-08-21 8:59
Hi May,great capture from the Galleria,very close to my home,a great gift to me caught in a perfect symmetry and a fantastic exposure to show us the best detail and colors of this important corner of my town,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
PiotrF (17522) 2014-08-21 11:47
very nice capture from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
It is perfectly framed , while the light is very well managed.
Thank for interesting notes.
Excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done.
worldcitizen (8654) 2014-08-21 14:36
This is a beautiful view of the gallery. I was there many years ago and I remember it well. The architecture is great, and I like that we can see the clear ceiling reflected in some of the windows. You handled the lighting very well, and I like the crop, too.
photoray (13981) 2014-08-21 16:24
Beautiful combination of classical baroque architecture with indoor space, the curved glass roof tops create a fine environment for visitors.
Would enjoy strolling the Galleria in person.
Thanks for sharing,
rbassin (22811) 2014-08-22 4:47
un cadrage intéressant avec les verrieres, qui créent une belle lumière et un bon graphique.
Cricri (119495) 2014-08-23 13:50
Sublime les couleurs , la netteté et le cadrage, très belle présentation