Chiesa di San Martino

Named for St Martin of Tours, this church is traditionally said to have been founded in 650, but more reliable sources mention rebuilding in 932 and 1026. The current church dates from a rebuilding of 1546, funded by Antonio Contarini, to a design by Sansovino begun in 1553, and finished around 1619, with consecration following in 1653. The work progressed fitfully, it is thought, due to the poverty of the parish, it being near the Arsenale and populated mostly by poor manual labourers. It had to sell it vineyards to help pay for the church. This was erected in 1897 to a design by engineer Federico Berchet and architect Domenico Rupelo.