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Milan’s Historic Shopping Mall

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This is the ceiling of the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.  The strong lines and dizzying circles are geometry at its most stunning.

It is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, designed in 1861 and built  between 1865 and 1877 by Giuseppe Mengoni.  It was under renovation when I was there in February, presumably in preparation for this year’s Expo.

So instead of marvelling at the exterior I had to rely on this image on the hoardings.  Just look at what I was missing!

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This four-storey double arcade stands in a prominent position in the centre of Milan, right next to the Cathedral.  It is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy, whose statue watches over all activities in the square outside.

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  1. As somebody pointed out on my Leeds post, there’s a strong similarity with the Victoria Arcade, Debs. Another place where you need to take someone else’s purse! (preferably a full one 🙂 )


    • Yes, I know that one. One of the stars of Leeds. I can’t begin to imagine how they built these, they are so intricate. You wouldn’t have wanted to be below if I had been up there working on the construction!

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