Milan: 3 Iconic Buildings

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Adrian Petersen on April 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

Only minutes from one of the world’s great shopping areas known as the golden square – Quadrilatero d’Oro – bordered by Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga, where the fashion Gods have their temples are three of Milan’s iconic buildings, the Duomo, La Scala and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

The Duomo built of Candoglia marble was begun in 1386 under Gian Galeazzo Visconti and is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. Teatro Alla Scala, the home of Italian Opera and built in 1778 by Piermarini, has a sober neoclassical facade and inside a splendid horse-shoe shaped hall with four rows of boxes and two galleries. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the centre of Milanese cultral life, was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni to a cruciform plan and was completed in 1877. It is roofed by tunnel vaults of glass and iron whilst the walls make use of Renaissance motifs in stucco and mock stone. It is crowned with a glass cupola at a height of 47 metres.

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