Numbers of the Galleria
ARCHITECTURAL INFORMATION IN NUMBERS
The architecture of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explained simply in numbers. Its details, its unique design, the particularity of each arm, the octagon, the iconic dome above it and the glass roofs. Those covers that made the great architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner affirm, in the essay "A History of Building Types" of 1976, that in no other architectural model, outside the gallery, you can reach summits so high.
the length of the shorter arm
the length of the longest arm
the width of the arms
the height of the arms
the height of the octagon
the diameter of the dome
the height of the internal arc
NEW PROPORTIONS IN HISTORY
Perhaps it is not the best to live your whole life in it, as a fascinated Mark Twain stated in the pages of "A Tramp Abroad", the diary of a long European trip that made him fall in love with Milan, but certainly the dimensions of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are remarkable. Twain was struck by the atmosphere, from the "tables on the marble streets," from the small crowds walking in an indoor facility. In fact, the gallery was an incredible architectural precedent, and the size was matched only twenty years later, by another gallery. Here you can admire a graphic that compares other similar buildings, built in nearby eras.
THE COSTS OF GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
n order to come up with sufficiet funds to renew Piazza del Duomo, it would be necessary to tightly budget up "until the year 2039".
Milan had no time to react by invoking the old adage, "Fate is the pretext of the lazy". Accompanied by Napoleon III, Victor Emmanuel II triumphantly passed through the city gate. In the aftermath of his visit, the populace made an unanimous vow to dedicate a monumental work to the first king of Italy.
Moved by such ardour and receptivity to the project of restoring splendour to Piazza del Duomo, the mayor hit upon the idea of setting up a Municipal Lottery, convinced that the proceeds would suffice to make the citizen's wish come true. Twenty million lira was a huge sum for the time, but what looked like a genial solution to the problem of funding failed to work.
Many thought its exorbitant to pay 10 lira for a game of chance: one-third of the tickets remained unsold. A miserable result? Not really; since it succeeded and the venture continued.