San Gottardo in Corte or San Gottardo a Palazzo is a church in Milan, northern Italy. It was built as Ducal Chapel by Azzone Visconti in 1330, and finished in 1336, as indicated by an inscription on the walls. It was originally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin but Azzone, who suffered from gout, later changed the dedication to St. Gotthard of Hildesheim, patron of gout sufferers. The design was by Francesco Pecorari from Cremona. The octagonal bell tower has the first example of public clock before, sun-dials were used.
During the great wave of tower clock building in 14th century Europe, around the time of the invention of the mechanical clock itself, striking clocks were built that struck the bell multiple times, to count out the hours. The clock of the Beata Vergine (later San Gottardo) in Milan, built around 1330, was one of the earliest recorded that struck the hours.
In 1335, Galvano Fiamma wrote:
“There is there a wonderful clock, because there is a very large clapper which strikes a bell 24 times according to the 24 hours of the day and night, and thus at the first hour of the night gives one sound, at the second two strokes, and so distinguishes one hour from another, which is of greatest use to men of every degree."
The octagonal bell tower seen here is one of the highest buildings in Milan.
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besnard (56447) 2014-05-26 0:44
Une bonne prie rapprochée de cette tour qui nous permet de bien voir tous les détails architecturaux.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
miumiu (6113) 2014-05-26 2:29
Very beautiful tower with excellent composition.
l like the sharpness and nice colours.
cornejo (42947) 2014-05-26 3:53
Salut Stephen très bonne photo de cette belle et intéressante tour, magnifiquement capturé dans cette belle image avec une bonne netteté, la lumière, la couleur et la qualité. Très bon et intéressant travail bien fait, félicitations mon ami. Merci pour le partage de ce beau travail.
Bon après-midi et la semaine heureuse.
Salutations chaleureuses du sud de l'Espagne.
jhm (153716) 2014-05-26 4:00
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
We get these tower with wonderful details to see, wonderful brickwork.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at
A nice composition, excellent presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
carlo62 (49199) 2014-05-26 5:50
bello scatto, questa chiesa mi piace molto e il suo campanile è ben presentato dalla tua foto.
Ottimi colori e bella luce, belli i dettagli.
emka (98810) 2014-05-26 9:09
Hello Stephan, beautiful tower and excellent presentetion. I like the colours and delicat arches.
Warm regrads (from the bus in Poland :)
Nicou (143130) 2014-05-26 9:10
Avec la branche en premier plan quelle belle tour e tiamge sueprbe ce rendu ocre e blanc et ce ciel pur elle est majestueuse.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (98577) 2014-05-26 10:17
I like frame and colors.
I love it :)
Royaldevon (39344) 2014-05-26 10:36
It would have been difficult to accommodate the church and the tower, with such detail, so, it was a brave decision to give us just the one. What we do have are exquisite details of the decoration and similar textural details.
My warm regards,
Silvio1953 (144378) 2014-05-26 13:12
Ciao Stephen, great view of beautiful tower, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
pierrefonds (66889) 2014-05-26 17:09
Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de la tour. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
jemaflor (98029) 2014-05-26 23:11
Nice architecture well framed, good light and exposure, good effect with the colors contrasts, tfs.
ikeharel (72175) 2014-05-27 8:18
Great view upwards on the tower, Stephen, no lanse distortion as sometimes happens, and fine archi.-details collected.
Red-stone and white marble structure well in contrast to blue sky. Attractive withnthe archs and pillars on high levels. Fine photojob.
Noel_Byrne (31424) 2014-05-27 11:41
I learn every day here on TE, if I ever win a million euro on Who Wants to be a Millionaire for knowing who the patron saint of Gout is, I will return the favour :)
A beautiful tower too, very elegant, but also very strong. Its probably just me, but it seems to have an almost Moorish feel to its design. I'm not sure if that form ever reached Milan but whatever it is, its left a beautiful tower. The vertical frame really emphasizes its height well.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-27 13:08
another wonderful composition with perfect framing and superb colours and clarity. The architectural details of the clock tower are really beautiful and you have displayed them with great sharpness. The contrast against the vivid blue sky is an added plus.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.
Cricri (120143) 2014-05-28 8:50
Une architecture magnifique de la tour qui ce détache du fond bleu, excellent rendu des détails, très belle présentation
amaryllis (37039) 2014-06-02 22:52
Un zoom sur cette tour qui nous permet d'en apprécier tous les détails d'une belle architecture
Belle netteté et lumière, une belle couleur de pierre, de belles alcôves blanches , une excellente composition
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100062)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-25 23:59