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Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II

Local name: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Victor Emmanuel II Gallery is one of the best known and therefore most visited objects in Milan. It is considered the most exclusive Milan shopping center. Due to the fact that inside it there are numerous cafes, luxury shops and service outlets, residents of Milan often call it a salon of the city.

Above the gallery there is a monumental glass dome. The walls are covered with reliefs and paintings, which together with the mosaic floor reminds of the colorful past of the city. The entrance to the gallery is impressive - it looks like a triumphal arch. It houses the only seven-star hotel in Milan. According to legend, walking around the gallery wanting to guarantee happiness and prosperity you must find the coat of arms of Turin - a yellow bull - on the mosaic floor. Then, standing with your right heel on its inneck, spin around your axis.

The object was named after the first king of the united Italian Vittorio Emanuele II. The passage connects the Cathedral Square with La Scala Square. The construction of the gallery took 12 years. Its architect was Giuseppe Mengoni, who unfortunately died shortly before the opening of the building after falling from the roof.


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    Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II map
    Piazza del Duomo 20123 Milan , Italy