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Campo San Salvador

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The Campo San Salvador is a small city square mostly used for transit on Venice's Rialto-San Marco or Rialto-Accademia route. Nevertheless, the campo merits a stop for those passing through to admire the facade of the church of San Salvador and, through the door of the palace adjacent to the church, its cloister. In the field there is also the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro.

In this field, there was a deep well with a basin of water where travelers used to tie their horses to water them because of a decree dated February 29, 1287. It was forbidden to ride the Merceria in the saddle of horses.

The Church

The church of San Salvador has very ancient origins and was built by the Carosii and Gattolosi families. The floor was probably originally made of iron grates under which water flowed, as in the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem. It was built for the prosperous order of the Augustinian Canons Regular. The facade was quite ordinary for that time, but its original interior has been quite admired over the centuries. The plan of Giorgio Spavento was realized after his death in 1509 by Tullio Lombardo and completed by Jacopo Sansovino.


Dramatic events

At the church of San Salvador, Marco Giustinian, one of the council of the X, during the Fat Thursday of 1579, was seriously injured in the head by a mask to the point of dying shortly after.

On Maundy Thursday of the year 1602, Nicolò Moro q. Three patricians of the same district killed Santo in an attempt to prevent the kidnapping of a lady.



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