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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: photos, description (Galleria di Vittorio Emmanuele II)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest malls in the world. It is located in a four-storey double arcade in Milan, and received its name by the name of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of United Italy. The gallery was designed in 1861 and built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865-1877.

The Mall is a passage with two glass arches which form the octagon and "covering" the street that connects Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala. The Central part of the gallery is crowned with a glass dome. The Milanese Galleria was once larger than its predecessors in different countries of the world, and its construction was an important step in the improvement of construction technologies.

On the floor of the Central octagon, you can see four mosaics depicting the coats of arms of the three capitals of the Kingdom of Italy (Turin, Florence and Rome) and the coat of arms of Milan. They say that if you stand with the right heel on the genitals of the bull depicted in the Turin coat of arms and three times to turn around, it will bring good luck. This belief played a bad service for an ancient mosaic on the place of the bull's genitals are already formed hole.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is often called the "living room of Milan due to the fact that it is an important place for meetings and walks for residents. Today the gallery presents the boutiques of luxury products, selling clothing, jewelry, books and paintings. There are restaurants, cafes and bars. Interestingly, some local cafe, some of the oldest in Milan. For example, Biffi caffè, founded in 1867 year, the Royal pastry chef Paolo Biffi, Savini restaurant or classic Zucca Bar.