Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Duomo di Milano, Leonardo da Vinci's Statue & Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Italy, Milan)

Leonardo da Vinci's Statue 
The Leonardo da Vinci's Statue sculpted by Pietro Magni was erected in 1872 at Piazza della Scala. Under his statue, there are four statues of his favourite students. If you are wondering what is Leonardo da Vinci's Statue doing in Milan? This is because Leonardo da Vinci painted the renowned Last Supper in the 1490s in Milan at Santa Maria delle Grazie. 

The statue is located just in front of famous La Scala Opera House. 
La Scala Opera House
Behind Leonardo da Vinci's Statue is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. 
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II built in the 19860s is the world oldest shopping mall. It connects Piazza della Scala with Piazza del Duomo. The street is covered with arching glass and cast iron roof offers a stunning sight and allow daylight to shine through. 
Glass dome in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Glass dome at the centre of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The Coat of Arms can be seen hanging high up at in the middle of the glass dome. 

Having cut through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) stood prominently at Piazza del Duomo.
Duomo di Milano
If you are sharp enough, you may have noticed that there was a Christmas Market next to Duomo di Milano.  
Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano is the largest Cathedral in Italy. It took nearly six centuries to build; from 1386 to 1965. The exterior facade of the Cathedral looked incredibly beautiful although the walls seemed to have turned dull brown over the years due to pollution and poor maintenance. 
Duomo di Milano
Entry into Duomo di Milano was free. However, if you would want to take photos, you would have to pay a token fee. Only the person holding the camera needs to pay and he/she would need to be the one taking photos for the entire visit. 

After we came out from Duomo di Milano, we decided to visit the Christmas Market next to it. The Christmas Market was surprisingly big, it stretched till the back of the Cathedral. 
Christmas Market
Christmas Market
All kind of things could be found in the Christmas Market. It was not limited to food. Even for the stalls that sold food, there was such a wide variety. In addition, they provides samples too which was ideal for tourist like myself who wanted to try before we decided if we should buy.

That's all folks. Ciao! 

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1 comment:

  1. Ohhh!! Brings back memories of my trip to these places. I enjoyed my trip to Milan and other parts in Italy. Simply loved the places and historical sites.


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