Venice, Italy

St. Giacomo Dell'Orio, Venice, Italy

This very old church in the Santa Croce district of Venice dates to before the 10th Century, although the majority of what remains today is 13th Century. No one is quite sure of the origins of the name. San Giacomo is St. James, but dell’Orio could refer to as diverse a thing as “the Wolf” and “the Laurel”.

The interiors are far more impressive than the rather sparse exterior, featuring a green marble column (brought back to Venice it is thought by looters from somewhere in the East), a superb marble Renaissance altar and one of only two “ship-keel” ceilings left in Venice.

Although the church is best seen from the Campo dell’Orio, the entrance is small and insignificant and sits around the corner.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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