Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo, Venice

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San Simeone Piccolo is a church in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, northern Italy. From across the Grand Canal it faces the railroad terminal serving as entrypoint for most visitors to the city.
Built in 1718-38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto, the church shows the emerging eclecticism of Neoclassical architecture. It accumulates academic architectural quotations, much like the contemporaneous Karlskirche in Vienna. Wittkower, in his monograph, acknowledges San Simeone is modeled on the Pantheon with a temple-front pronaos, on the other hand, the peaked dome recalls Longhena's more embellished and prominent Santa Maria della Salute church. The centralized circular church design and the metal dome recalls Byzantine models and San Marco, though the numerous centrifugal chapels are characteristic of Post-Tridentine churches.
This was one of the last churches built in Venice, in one of its poorer sestieri.
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  • The church was rebuilt in 1718–38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto in neoclassical style. The result was a cyborg with the lower part of the Pantheon and the dome of Santa Maria della Salute. The dome ...  more »
  • We visited the crypt at the cost of three euros, a candle is delivered and then you go down. You will be open-mouthed, it is wonderful. I recommend you enlighten better with the light of the phone to see every detail. Thanks to the caretaker, a very kind person
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  • What a beautiful church and so happy to have been able to go into the crypt. For 2 euros each you can head down to the crypt with a candle and explore this dark area. Turn off you camera lights and explore this area by candle. Well worth the experience.
  • Don’t miss the crypt underneath the church! it is two euros and it is really amazing.
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