Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte

Chapel in Duomo & San Babila

Milan’s founding father, murderous Azzone Visconti, who bought the title of imperial vicar of Milan from Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV for 12,000 florins (he should have paid 60,000), is entombed in this ducal chapel that sports Milan’s prettiest, and oldest, octagonal clock tower, designed by Francesco Pecorari in 1336. Responsible for the assassination of various rivals and family member, Visconti died ignominiously from gout, hence the church’s dedication to St Gotthard of Hildesheim, patron saint of gout sufferers.

The ticket to the church includes entry to the Duomo and its museum.


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