Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shops, Milan, Italy

     At the area Milan Duomo, near the famous Duomo (Duomo di Milano), there is another attraction: Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II - a place of pilgrimage for fashionistas around the world.

Gallery, which occupies an entire city block, is one of the oldest in the world of malls and the prototype of modern shopping centers. It was built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in the years 1865-1877 and named after King Victor Emmanuel II - the first king of united Italy. The monument to this king is set on the square in front of Duomo Cathedral.

In 1877, the king personally opened the gallery to visitors, but the architect up to this point has not lived - during construction, Mengoni fell from the scaffolding and died.

Gallery, swallowed a few streets, the plan has the shape of a Latin cross with an octagonal center. The floor is decorated with mosaics depicting the emblem of the House of Savoy: the red cross of St. George on a white field. Closer to the exits - mosaic images of four heraldic signs major Italian cities: the Rome wolf, the Florentine lily, Milan red cross on a white background, and the bull of Turin.

Upper gallery is covered with a dome 47 meters in height made of glass and iron. This design was used in Italy for the first time.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele - is a huge concentration of trendy and expensive shops the most famous brands: Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and others (by the way, shops Prada exist here since 1913), as well as great bookstores, famous cafes, restaurants and bars. The most famous - is decorated in Art Nouveau style «La Zucca», where in 1867 David Campari invented the famous bitters with herbs and orange peel. Here you can find the most expensive restaurant in Milan – «Savini».

In the immediate vicinity of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele are La Scala and the Duomo.