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Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo, Venice

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Religious Site Church
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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  • We have enjoyed staying at Hotel Antiche Figure during two different trips. The Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo is right next door to it! In fact, our room looks out onto the roof of an adjacent building wh...  more »
  • We attended the sung mass on fourth Sunday after Easter. A beautiful liturgy superbly sung by a small choir with excellent organ accompaniment and solo playing. The church is a little gem. Magnificent...  more »
  • First sight. This church is what you see when getting out from the train station. It looks beautiful from the outside. The inside is not impressive as other churches but still a typical catholic churc...  more »
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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 !