San Giacomo di Rialto
|Church of San Giacomo di Rialto|
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 dall'Orio found on the other shore of the Grand Canal in the sestiere of Santa Croce.
It has a large 15th century clock above the entrance, a useful item in the Venetian business district. The Gothic portico is one of the few surviving examples in Venice. It has a Latin cross plan with a central dome.
According to the tradition, it would be the oldest church in the city, supposedly consecrated in the year 421. Although, documents mentioning the area but not the church in 1097 exist. The first document citing it dates from 1152.
It survived a fire in the Rialto in the early 16th century.
- Tassini, Giuseppe (1863). Curiosità Veneziane. Venice: Filippi Editore.
- Cessi, Roberto; Annibale Alberti (1934). Rialto. L'isola, il ponte, il mercato. Bologna.
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