Campo San Salvador (St. Salvador Square)

[historic image of Campo San Salvador]History has it that in this square there was a deep well with a water-tank where wayfarers used to tie their horses and let them drink. A decree dating from 29th February 1287 forbade the riding of horses through the main street.

The church of San Salvatore has ancient origins and was erected by the Carosii and Gatollosi Families. Originally the floor was probably made of iron gratings under which water flowed (just like the church of Saint Sepulchre in Jerusalem). The façade (1663) by Giuseppe Sardi is nothing special, but the inside (1505 – 1534) is one of the most original Italian Renaissance churches. Giorgio Spavento’s design wasn’t realized until after his death in 1509 when Tullio Lombardo undertook the project. It was later finished by Jacopo Sansovino.

On Carnival Thursday 1579, at the church of San Salvatore Marco Giustinian, one of the council of 10 was seriously injured by a masquerader and died shortly afterwards from his injuries.

On Carnival Thursday 1602, Nicolò Moro q. Santo, was killed trying to stop the kidnapping of a lady by 3 men from that part of town.