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 beautiful church is located in the small square of Campo San Giacomo (which is the main market of Venice) next to the magnificent Rialto Bridge. Just looking at the church suggests that it is...  more »
  • Close to the Rialto Bridge. Very small simple church with a big clock. Is worth the visit just to see the architecture.  more »
  • After crossing the famous Rialto Bridge on the San Polo side of the city you may just walk by the square, where you will find the beautiful church of San Giacomo di Rialto on your right. The first.....  more »
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  • Honestly, didn't go inside and just saw it from fat. But we both appreciated the clock face
  • Smallest church in Venice, have a look if you passing by
  • Beautiful little spot.
  • Nice place lots of history well worth a visit
  • San Giacomo is the oldest church in Venice, 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. The most interesting artwork inside are the musical instruments and the beautiful external clock.

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