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 is located in the sestiere of Santa Croce, along the Grand Canal, opposite the train station of St. Lucia. It was built in the neoclassical style in the first half of the 18th century, designed by the architect Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto, to replace a 9th century church. Circular in shape, the church features an imposing and majestic green copper dome. The entrance is preceded by a wide staircase leading to the pronao: it is supported by pillars and columns with Corinthian capitals (the former are placed at the corners, while the second, in number of 8, are placed between the pillars, 4 front and 2 on each side); it is topped with a triangular eardrum, inside which is a marble bas-relief by the sculptor Francesco Cabianca: "The martyrdom of the holders saints"; inside there is a large access portal topped with a triangular eardrum. Above the dome stands a glass lantern, surrounded by copper Corinthian columns, shaped like a temple with a dome, which supports the statue of Christ the Redeemer. We didn't visit the interior.
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  • Impressive church that can be seen directly from the station... It contains a sober and elegant interior, with paintings of real value!
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  • One of the few church’s in Venice with an open space in front so you can truly view. Larger impressive with dome on the outside. Inside really bright and attractive  more »
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  • There is an amazing crypt under the church. You pay a small amount (about €2) to get a candle and you can go around this beautiful crypt full of frescoes.
  • It is a beautiful looking church, however the opening times are super confusing. I believe it's only open on Saturday and Sunday and only for a few hours? We really wanted to visit the crypt underneath but unfortunately there is no real way of knowing what time the doors will open.
  • Nice church where tridentine mass is celebrated. We were well received.
  • Very beautiful building. One of many in Venice. One thing you must visit is the cripta. It takes you in a dark journey into medieval ages. Well worth the visit.
  • Beautiful and extremely impressive church with a gorgeous interior. If you enter the city with the bus this should be your first stop on your way towards St. Marcus Square.
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