This large church has a plain façade reminiscent of the Parthenon in Rome. In fact, the Parthenon was one of the models. Giovanni Antonio Scarfarotto (1700-1764) was hired to build the Church of San Simeone Piccolo in 1718. He was following the 18th century Neo-classical or Palladian tradition. The pronaus or front portico illustrates this. It features balance of structure and Corinthian columns. On the other hand, there is a Byzantine influence. You can see this in the peaked metal dome. This dome is highly visible from many hotels in Venice close to the Church of San Simeone Piccolo.
The Church of San Simeone Picolo is also known as San Simeone e Giuda. In fact, it replaced this earlier church in the Santa Croce region. This edifice, once in the poor part of town, features a marble relief by Francesco Penso. This is The Martyrization of the Saints. There is also a Pieta by J. Palma Giovane. Both works are worth paying the church a visit. Today, the church acts as an auditorium. If you book a cheap hotel nearby the Church of San Simeone Piccolo in Venice, you are also conveniently close to the railway station. The church is on the West Bank of the Grand Canal opposite the Railway Terminal.
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