If you sit in the leafy San Giacomo dall’Orio square, you can see the overwhelming Church of San Giacomo dall’Orio. The original stood here in the 9th century. It was replaced in 1225. Added to the structure was a square bell tower (campanile). There were also several Gothic additions in the 14th century. The result is a combination of Byzantine and Gothic elements. There is a 6th century column from Ravena as well as several columns brought back from Constantinople. They arrived here on ships as part of the booty of the Fourth Crusade in 1204.
If you enter the interior, you will see it is laid out on a Veneto-Byzantine plan. The central apse is surrounded by arches. Later, the transept was revamped to be a 3-nave transept. The roof is a ship’s keel. Beside the structure, many visit to see the paintings. This guarantees easier access to the amazing side chapel with its work by Palma il Giovane (1548-1628). You can also view his work in the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament. These include Via Cruz and The Burial of Christ. There is also an older image (1350) in the shape of a crucifix. It stands in front of the altar and is by Paolo Venziano. There is also The Virgin and Saints (1546) by Lorenzo Lotto.
Address: Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio, 30135 Venezia, Italy
Open hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: +39 041 275 0462