That is absolutely beautiful. We have shopping centres here that are large like this, with vaulted, glass ceilings and wide walkways but there is nothing pretty about them. The best that can be said is that they are practical and without character.
Cedric, those are the norm in European cities, too – especially where the WWII left some scars in old downtown areas. But in some places, especially Italian cities like Bologna, Torino or Milano, such beauties have survived and now are tourist magnets.
Now, that’s what I call architecture. It’s functional and quite beautiful – not sterile.
As the capital of the then Italian kingdom, there was certainly a lot of wealth amassed as well as the geniuses in all kind of arts. Left wiithout a king now, nobody would dare to comission such a building any more, I guess.
I have a friend (well, an acquaintance) who’s kind of famous. He’s a British actor whom you have seen for sure in his most famous role. He lives in London, right off Oxford Street. He was talking to me about the buildings near his, and happily reporting that he lived in one of the ‘beautiful buildings untouched by the dreadful bombs they dropped” in his very clipped, perfect British accent. He pointed across the street to a building that looked, well, just fine to my American eye. “Not like those dreadful hovels over there!” Your comment above made me think of that conversation.
He certainly is right. Here in Germany the most destroyed cities are quite often really ugly, especially as post-war architecture had to find a style again (a process not everywhere finished until now)
Den weiten Raum durchschreiten & schier unendliche Schönheit finden. Ein weites Bild. Ein schönes Bild, Markus!
Viele Grüße & weiterhin sichere Straßen, Fritsch.
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