The Oldest Church in Venice
|San Giacomo di Rialto|
San Giacometto is an integral part of the origin myth of Venice, which is supposed to have taken place at noon on March 25th, 421. The church was allegedly built, very soon after, to mark this momentous event.
Of all the saints in the celestial pantheon, why should Venice have chosen to dedicate its first church to Saint James? Well, it seems that the saint intervened to quell a fire, which threatened the existence of the fledgling city.
|The belfry, San Giacomo di Rialto|
|Saint James 'the Greater', San Giacomo di Rialto|
Putting the legend of its foundation aside, the church we see today only dates back to the 11th or early 12th century. The gothic portico (one of only two to survive in the city) was added in the 15th century.