Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, Venice

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San Giacomo di Rialto is a church in the sestiere of San Polo, Venice, northern Italy. The addition of "Rialto" to the name distinguishes this church from its namesake San Giacomo dell'Orio found in the sestiere of Santa Croce, on the same side of the Grand Canal.It has a large 15th-century clock above the entrance, a useful item in the Venetian business district but regarded as a standing joke for its inaccuracy. The Gothic portico is one of the few surviving examples in Venice. It has a Latin cross plan with a central dome. Inside, the Veneto-Byzantine capitals on the six columns of ancient Greek marble date from the 11th century.HistoryAccording to tradition, San Giacomo is the oldest church in the city, supposedly consecrated in the year 421. Although documents exist mentioning the area but not the church in 1097, the first document citing the church dates from 1152. It was rebuilt in 1071, prompting the establishment of the Rialto market with bankers and money changers in front of the church. The system with the "bill of exchange" was introduced here, as clients went with such a bill of exchange with a credit inscribed from one banker to another.In 1503, it survived a fire which destroyed the rest of the area, and was restored from 1601 by order of Doge Marino Grimani. Works included raising of the pavement to counter the acqua alta.
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  • This ancient Church is unique in many respects. Location: faces from a to a beautiful square with portico, at the foot of ponte di rialto, San Polo, on the other side right on the Grand Canal. The plant is small and square, it is strangely a fine collection of ancient musical instruments in arco (Arte music Venice, Artemio Versari collection), placed in glass cases, almost as relics. Well worth a visit.
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  • One of the oldest churches in Venice, is also worth a visit. Located near the Rialto Bridge, so easy to find. Free admission.
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  • Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto is a very old church right in the middle of the old Venetian business district. This would explain the proliferation of the markets in the surrounding area. The "age" of t...  more »
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  • Very charming clock on outside
  • Church with music theme, some antique instruments and you can buy the tickets for the concerts
  • Geat place! Worh to see!
  • Not thrilling, but rich in history, right next to the heart of the city, just at the end of Rialto bridge.
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