These photograph were taken in Milan where I'm living while I'm learning Italian and doing work for MySQL AB. Since I've been here a while, I've begun organizing photographs based on locations. To help locate my photographs in Milan and to understand where in Milan they are taken, see this Milan Photograph Albums Map showing a map central Milan with links to my photo albums for each area.
The Duomo is the cathedral and center of Milan. These photographs are taken inside and outside of the Duomo and from the Piazza dei Duomo.
The Castle in Milan, built initially in the 14th century, is a hefty one. With its balance of both Renesaince feel and stocky look, it houses seven museums and has plenty of space for tourists, small concerts, and other activities. This photo album is where I deposit pictures from my many visits to the castle.
Next to the Duomo, off of the square in front of the Duomo is the impressive Galleria with it's ornate statues overhead watching shoppers over the decades. The Galleria includes the original Prada store and many other fine shops.
One of the great historic sites of Milan is San Lorenzo alle Colonne where there's a statue of the Emperor Constantine holding the Edict of Milan, declaring Christianity to be a legal religion.
Near my apartment, one tram stop away heading towards the Duomo, is San Nazaro Maggiore Basillica. It's small for a basillica, but it's extensive in its architecture: it was built in the 4th century under the direction of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Milan.
Ca' Grande is now home to Milan's state university. Construction of it began in 1456 by Francesco Sforza. It was to house thirty smaller hospitals in the city. This is the reason for the name, Casa Grande.
The supposedly Bohemian section of town, the Brera is home to art galleries and art schools. It also includes the Pinacoteca di Brera, which contains a large art museum with the works of Raphael, Mantegna, and others.
These are photographs that were taken around Piazza della Scalla. At the center of this plaza is a statue of Leonardo da Vinci along with four other artists who were prodigies of his. There's also, of course, la Scalla opera house.
These are photographs taken in Parco Sempione, which is located behind the castle.
These are photographs that were taken around Piazza dei Mercanti. It's between the Duomo and the Castle. There's not much too it, but it has some interesting medieval public buildings.
These are photographs taken around Piazza Cordusio. This is where many of the big banks and insurance companies of Milan are located. The main post office is also here: a grand old building.
These are photographs that were taken around Piazza Cairoli. At the center of this plaza is the customary and seemingly obligatory statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the great unifier and general of Italy.
Near the Duomo is the Piazza di Missori, named for the Giuseppe Missori of which there a marvelous statue of him. There's also a piece of the old wall that surrounded the city.
These are photographs that were taken around Piazza San Fedele, which is located behind the Galleria. At the center is a statue of the famous Italian writer Alessandro Manzini, author of the book The Betroved.
This is the start of a very concentrated photo album. It contains pictures of the Piazza Cinque Giornate. In the center of that plazza is a monument by Giuseppe Grandi made in 1848. It's a striking sculture, full of life in its characters. Since there are no trees or buildings near the monument, it's difficult to photograph it fully because of the sunlight disrupting shots from certain angles. So, it's taking me a few visits from different times of the day to photograph it.
La Rotonda della Besana was once part of the Ca'Grande hospital for burial of the dead. Now it's used for temporary art exhibits.
All roads supposedly lead to Rome, but the gate for the road to Rome is called, Porta Romana. This gate and the neighborhood that surrounds it is called Porta Romana. This is the neighborhood where I live in Milan. There's not too much to see here for tourists, but there are a few things such as the last surviving gate from the Spanish wall that used to surround the city.
Il Acquario Civico in Milan, Italy is located on the edge of Parco Sempione near the castle in Milan. Not a large acquarium, but it's nicely done and admission is free. Their primary theme is to display all of the species of fish in Italy, beginning with the fish from mountain lakes and work their way down to the lowest levels of the Mediterranean.
The Garden of Guastalla is moderately small (about 12,000 square meters). It's located along Via Francesco Sforza, in front of the State University of Milan and Maggiore Hospital. It's one of the oldest public gardens in Milan.
St. Mary of Graces Church is the church next to the Dominican convent which houses the famous mural by Leonardo da Vinci, the Last Supper.