The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
The structure consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. The street is covered by an arching glass and cast iron roof, a popular design for 19th-century arcades, such as the Burlington Arcade in London, which was the prototype for larger glazed shopping arcades, beginning with the Saint-Hubert Gallery in Brussels (opened in 1847), the Passazh in St Petersburg (opened in 1848), the Galleria Umberto I in Naples (opened in 1890) and the Budapest Galleria.
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.
On the ground of the central octagonal, there are four mosaics portraying the Coat of Arms of the three Capitals of the Kingdom of Italy (Turin, Florence and Rome) plus those of Milan. Tradition tells that if a person put its right heel on the bull's genitals depicted of the bull from Turin Coat of Arms and turn on himself three times, this will bring good luck. This practice causes damage to the mosaic.
The Galleria connects two of Milan's most famous landmarks: The Duomo (Cathedral) and the Teatro Alla Scala, but it is undoubtedly a landmark in its own right.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-07 3:28
a natural follow on shot from yesterday's post. It looks impressive and this capture does it full justice too! Exquisite!
williewhistler (15451) 2014-05-07 3:56
you have done very well with this interesting composition,it fills the frame very well displaying all of the intriguing curves and details,the exposure settings are well chosen and clarity first rate.
dkmurphys (52329) 2014-05-07 4:00
Nice upper catch of this impressive gallery. Did you know there are two similar ones in Romania, one in Bucharest and the other in Oradea?
Have a nice day.
carlo62 (38164) 2014-05-07 4:37
si vedono molte foto in b&w di questa galleria, tutte molto suggestive, ma devo dire che anche la versione a colori è molto bella. Come sono belli i riflessi che si vedono alle finestre.
Sergiom (66407) 2014-05-07 5:26
Quelle belle verrière. J'ai eu le grand plaisir de prendre un repas à cet endroit mythique et je dois avouer qu'il est très difficile de ne pas regarder en haut tout le temps. Un cadrage d'une très belle symétrie.
Nicou (129022) 2014-05-07 5:46
Grandisoe iamge de cette galerie quelle mervielle ces coupole ce long passage et toutes ces vitres aqvec les décorations sur les sommets un cadrage centré au millimètre avec deux plans éclairés différemment sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (89439) 2014-05-07 6:19
A very curious interior.
Interesting POV and Composition.
Good light and colors.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (33123) 2014-05-07 6:46
A natural follow-on from the photograph, yesterday, which showed the exterior of this fine mall.
You have composed and cropped this to perfection so that the shot has great symmetry.
My warm regards,
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-05-07 7:22
an effective photo of this architecture, great details and the POV is attractive,
Silvio1953 (129504) 2014-05-07 10:17
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic architecture, splendid perspective, excellent clarity and wonderful light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
gildasjan (42204) 2014-05-07 11:14
Belle douceur des teintes chaudes sous cette voute vitrée.La lumière ainsi éclaire parfaitement cette architecture.
imageme (1790) 2014-05-07 13:58
HI Stephen, This shopping mall looks quite modern with the sunroof tops. The Carvings are interesting and old fashion. Great light and tones with nice details. Thank for sharing
Noel_Byrne (27062) 2014-05-08 10:35
This is one of those places I have read about and really want to see someday, but in the meantime, who could ask for a better view than this! The most pleasing light, and a perfect symmetrical view are great. Brilliant follow up to your previous post, a guided tour of the worlds most salubrious mall!
delpeoples (54773) 2014-05-08 16:49
It is said that this Gallery is even more magnificent than its "twin" in Naples, the Galleria Umberto. Your photo seems to suggest that too. I like the tight framing and the incredible perspective and symmetry. It is a fascinating place, one that I must visit - at least to compare the two Gallerie. I'm glad you enjoyed Milan, but understand your preference for Bologna ;)
pierrefonds (59858) 2014-05-08 17:35
La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des dômes de la galleria Vitorrio. L'image est claire et nette. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
fabbs99 (16815) 2014-05-08 23:59
Beautiful shot.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
Cricri (110735) 2014-05-09 5:20
Excellente, tant dans la précision du cadrage, la perspective, l'architecture et la prise parfaite de la lumière, compliment
Didi (58800) 2014-05-09 5:58
Very beautiful rich architecture
Original old buildings
Good frame quality
ikeharel (62191) 2014-05-09 7:46
This is a "mst-do" picture, when visiting the Galleria, Stephen.
It's art elements on the higher walls and the glass-structure above made the outside light glowing throughout the daytime, any day.
Fine outlines of the 19th century decorated atyle, DOF along the ceiling made a nice visual effect.
jemaflor (88871) 2014-05-09 8:32
So nice with this symetrical composition, great architecture, perfect light capture and sharpness, tfs.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (89138)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-07 0:04