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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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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 202 W: 22 N: 504] (3171)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-21 7:55
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