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"Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II" is a 19th century shopping mall
located in Milan, Italy.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered arcade situated on the
northern side of the Piazza del Duomo, connecting to the Piazza della
Scala. Named after King Victor Emmanuel II (It. Vittorio Emanuele Picture 9
II), the first king of united Italy, it was built by G. Mengoni between
1865 and 1878.
The street is covered over by an arching glass and steel roof, thus
giving it a claim to be the world's first shopping mall. The four storey
arcade includes elegant shops selling most things from 'haute
couture' to books, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars.
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