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Attractions in San Polo area, Venice

Campo San Polo

The Campo San Polo is the largest campo in Venice, the second largest Venetian public square after the Piazza San Marco. Originally dedicated to grazing and agriculture, in 1493 it was entirely paved, a well (one of the few fountains to be found in Venice) being placed in the middle. It was subsequently used as the scene of many a bullfight, mass sermons and masked balls. After the 17th century the poor's market was moved here from Piazza San Marco.

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Chiesa di San Cassiano

The Chiesa di San Cassiano is a 14th century church located in the San Polo sestiere. A church has stood on the site since 726 with the present building dedicated to Saint Cassian of Imola being consecrated in 1376 and re-modelled during the 17th century. It has a plain exterior with several adjacent buildings overlapping it. Its interior is decorated in a Baroque style.

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Chiesa di San Rocco

The Church of Saint Roch is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Roch in Venice. It was built between 1489 and 1508 by Bartolomeo Bon the Younger, but was substantially altered in 1725. The façade dates from 1765 to 1771. The church is one of the Plague-churches built in Venice.

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Ponte di Rialto

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The Rialto became an important district in 1097, when Venice’s market moved there, and in the following century a boat bridge was set up across the Grand Canal providing access to it. This was soon replaced by the Rialto Bridge, it is the oldest bridge across the canal.

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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a magnificent edifice, devoted to the use of one of the greatest schools or fraternities of Venice, is truly rich and extraordinary, and one can scarcely conceive how an association of almost one hundred private citizens, could lavish so much wealth in erecting a perfect museum of the fine arts.

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