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Campo dei Mori: photo description (Campo dei Mori)

Campo dei Mori - the square located in the Northern part of Venice, in the Cannaregio district, approximately 100 yards from the canal Delle Navi, which separates the Northern shore of Venice from the "mainland". Today it is a quiet remote place, which is not frequent travelers, and in the past the Campo dei Mori was the center of a thriving commune. Next to it was located the Marina and shipyard, where he arrived the majority of visitors and cargo from the "mainland". The word "Mori" in Italian means "Moors", but it is known that the area of Campo has never been populated by immigrants from North Africa. Probably the square's name comes from the brothers Mastelli - Rioba, Sandi and Afani who came from the Peloponnesian city of Morea and settled in Venice in the 12th century. At the corner of the square, which is located parallel to the canal, you can see the statue of one of the brothers, Signor Antonio Rioba. The lost nose of the statue once replaced the ugly metal bracket. Two other brothers, dressed in national costumes, standing at the doors of their houses, one of which overlooked the square, and the other to the South Bank of the Rio Madonna del Orto.

Brothers Mastelli have been successful entrepreneurs and have invested a lot in the Fourth Crusade, which in 1204, the year on the way to the Holy Land, sacked Constantinople. Mastelli and other "sponsors" of the campaign later divided the spoils among themselves, returning to their investments.

Mastelli Palazzo facing the canal Rio Madonna del Orto, and is located directly opposite the Church, standing on the other side of the channel. The Palace is popularly known as the "Camel House" because of the decorative reliefs on the façade depicting the loaded goods of a camel. Mastelli ordered this bas-relief because due to the import of African and Arab spices, they made a fortune. Despite the obvious traces of their presence, Mastelli was not the most famous inhabitants of the Campo dei Mori. That honor belongs to the artist Jacopo Robusta, better known as Tintoretto ("little Dyer"). Tourists are mandatory to see the house in which he spent the last 20 years of his life, and which at the end of the 19th century was the corresponding plaque. The house today is privately owned and closed to the public.