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    Only a few meters away from the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto Market, there is a church considered to be the oldest in Venice, the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, or San Giacometto.

     

    SHORT HISTORY

    It is believed that the church was consacrated on March 25, 421, but the studies have shown that it was built much later. In a document from 1097, the place is mentioned, but without the church, and the first certain information dates back to 1152.

    It seems that the church was consecrated in 1177 by the Doge Sebastiano Ziani.

    In 1513, the church escaped the serious fire that devastated the nearby market. In 1531, it underwent a restoration, and again in 1601, after an order of the Doge Marino Grimani, with the floor being raised to face the high water.

    Currently, the Church of San Giacomo is a rectorial church, dependent on the parish of San Silvestro.

     

    ARCHITECTURE

    Interesting are the exterior with the bell tower, the large clock and the Gothic porch, one of the last examples of this kind left in the city.

    The clock, added to the church in 1410, was restored in 1749, and the entire facade was restored in 1958. The interior follows the traditional cross pattern with a central dome.

    The history of the church is linked to the Rialto Market, and the testimony stands in an inscription on the external apse, from the 12th century, which invites traders to honesty.

    The current bell-tower was built in Roman-style in 1749. Under the bells, is a Gothic relief of the Virgin and Child from the early 16th Century.

     

    HOW TO GET THERE

    The church is near the Rialto Bridge and, implicitly, the nearest vaporetto station is Rialto, located on the other side of the bridge. You can get to the Rialto station with the waterbuses 1 and 2.



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