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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  • August 16, 2017
    Small church with a square plan, with beautiful green Dome, overlooking the Grand Canal, just across from the train station, making it the first to be noticed by travelers coming. We celebrated the mass with ancient Roman Liturgy (Tridentine rite).
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  • August 7, 2017
    Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo is an interesting building, as it is this church's huge dome you will see as you exit Santa Lucia Railway station. We walked past this church a number of times during our fou...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    In this majestic neoclassical Church, built by Giovanni SCALFAROTTO, located at the entrance to the Grand Canal, takes place every Sunday at 11: 00, a latin mass with Gregorian chants, followed by a procession to the outside. The agency that we have witnessed, on Sunday, June 18, 2017, proved for us an exceptional moment of beauty and serenity through, in particular, to the sublime voice of singers (including a countertenor) who accompanied the entire mass.
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  • Magnificent church in Venice with cripta
  • The first view as you enter venice. Really hypes you to as what great views this city has.
  • The first view when you arrive from the train station, so nice
  • Ahh ... the first sight you cant miss when you arrive in Venice. It stands right in front of you. The great San Simeone Piccolo... is a good church to visit. Good historical facts and figures to see in there.
  • Built in 1718-38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto. This was one of the last churches built in Venice !

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