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Il Pirellone (Pirelli Tower)
Built between 1950 and 1960, Grattacielo Pirelli (Pirelli Tower), also called "Pirellone", can be considered one of the symbols of Milan.
With its 127.1 meters and its 60,000 tons of concrete, Pirellone was commissioned by Alberto Pirelli, the president of the Pirelli Company, on the original area of the first factory of the Italian company built in the 19th century.
The building was later sold to the Lombardy region, of which is now the head-office.
If you'll click on the pictures you'll also see one that I took during my visit to Milan in 2002 when Pirellone was hit by a single-engine airplane, registered in Swizerland.
This was top news at that time because it was uncertain if it was a simple flight accident or if the elderly pilot committed suicide.
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The grattacielo Pirelli ("Pirelli skyscraper"), better known as "il Pirellone" for being very high, is the residence of Region Lombardia. Indeed, you must see it, especially if you come by train, because it's just outside the Milano Centrale railway station!
The first building in Milan to be higher than the Madonna who graces the highest peak on the Duomo, this tower became a sort of symbol of post WWII reconstruction in Milan.
In April 2002 a small plane collided with it and everybody thought about 11/9...
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