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Founded, presumably, around the IX-X century and according to some it was appealed by the Orio for having been built on that marshy island then reclaimed called Luprio; others think that the name derives from a family, others still believe that the name was given due to the proximity to a river. One thing is certain: this place of worship is one of the oldest in Venzia.

The ownership of the church in San Giacomo, on the other hand, is thought to be linked to strong ties with Spain and with the famous sanctuary Santiago de Compostela.

The church underwent numerous changes including renovations of the plant, in 1225, thanks to the Badoer and Da Mula families; between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries there were other interventions that transformed the place of worship with three naves, as well as a large transept and apse, in addition to a spectacular wooden ceiling in the shape of a ship.

Among the various artists who worked on it, an important role is attributed to Palma the Younger who took care of a cycle of paintings in the Old Sacristy and various other works in the temple. Inside there are also masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto and Paolo Veronese.

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