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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  • A nice peaceful church in prominent position on the Grand Canal. Visited at early evening when mass was taking place. Impressive architecture. Well worth a look.  more »
  • This church named San Simeon smart is bigger than the other church of San Simone big. The adjectives was right in 1718 when this church was built and was smaller than the other. Is the first church.....  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.

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