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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  • Going towards the Rialto markets and looking for an opportunity to come lunch time we walked in to browse in this small old church and we were speechless with the richness and variety of ancient musical instruments
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  • I think that the surrounding hustle and bustle of the market stalls and the pedestrians on their way to the Rialto bridge detracts the attention from this lovely church. One glance at the awe inspirin...  more »
  • Venice has really very many churches, of which not a few really big. The population has however steadily declined and the tourists are usually only interested in a tour. There it stands to reason to enter a cooperation for the preservation of the Church. In this case with a "Club", which organizes Vivaldi concerts. The sacred works of art, altars, statues and paintings as also the musical instrument collection makes this church unique.
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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.
  • Nice

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