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The first documents in which the Church of San Giacomo is mentioned date back to 1152, but tradition has it that it was the first building built in the Rialto area - erected the same year as the foundation of Venice - in 421.

Sanudo himself writes of it:

Original: "[...] solum restò in piedi la chiesia di San Giacomo di Rialto coperta di piombo qual era in mezo dil fuogo, e ita Deo volente si preservò. La qual fu la prima chiexia edificata in Venetia dil 421 a dì 25 Marzo, come in le nostre croniche si leze [...]" 

English: "[...] solum remained standing the church of San Giacomo di Rialto covered with lead as it was in the middle of the fire, and ita Deo volente was preserved. Which was the first church built in Venice on 421 on 25 March, as in our chronicles reads [...] "M. Sanudo," The diaries of Marino Sanuto ", T. 17 [1513-1514], Venice, at the expense of the publishers, 1886, col. 461 (

The church, an example of medieval Venetian architecture, is better known as the Church of San Giacometto, due to its small size.

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