Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
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Architect Giuseppe Mengoni
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Location Milan, Italy
Date 1861 designed, built 1865 to 1877   timeline
Building Type shopping mall
 Construction System masonry buildings with iron & glass roof
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Neo-Classical, approaching Baroque
Notes Two intersecting streets make a cruciform plan with domed octagon at center. Glass-roofed arcade with shops and cafes - an early formal covered street.


Photo, inside the covered street space

Photo, inside the covered street space

View from south


Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Commentary

"The 640-foot-long north/south axis of its cruciform plan links the secular Piazza della Scala on the north to the spiritual Piazza della Duomo on the south. In 1877, a triumphal arch was added to the southern end of this cruciform gallery, thereby formally terminating this covered urban link between the opera house and the cathedral. The iconography of the inlaid mosaic concourse and the painted pendentives of the 164-foot octagonal dome, raised over the crossing, represents the union of church and state which first came into being with the triumphant nationalist revolution of 1848."

— Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p26.


The arcade is 96 feet high.

Sources on Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.41. interior photo of galleria looking down street through central rotunda. PCD.2350.1012.1143.42. interior view, looking down the street.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. discussion p1192, p1219-1220, photo p1222. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture, 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. plan and section drawings, p26. — Available at

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. interior photo of arcade, p208. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Galleria Vittorio Emanuele


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