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Galleria Umberto Naples, Italy
Naples

Across from the Famous San Carlo theater in downtown Naples is the public shopping gallery, Galleria Umberto. The Gallery was built between 1887 and 1891 and was named after King Umberto I who was the king of Italy at the time.  This image shows a 360ºx180º view from the center of the compass rose on the floor in the center of the gallery. Across the bottom of the image you can see the four cardinal directions marked on the floor

Copyright: Scott Knauss
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Uploaded: 25/01/2009
Updated: 30/09/2014
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