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The crypt of the church of San Simeone Piccolo

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The crypt of the church of San Simeone Piccolo

As soon as you leave the train station in Venice, you will see the imposing dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo, renovated in the first half of the 18th century in classical shapes that recall the Pantheon of Rome.

Its interiors guard something truly unusual, especially for Venice: an underground crypt. To visit it, just ask the keeper! He will put a candle in your hand and lead you to this unusual and somewhat spooky place, located just below the church...

You will find yourself in an interesting underground place, frescoed with scenes on the Last Judgment, the Passion and the Old Testament, in which two long corridors intersect in an octagonal setting with an altar in the center, probably used in the past for religious services.

It includes as many as 21 chapels, eight of which are walled up and still unexplored... The crypt contains mainly tombs of parishioners whose identity is unknown. Bones are generally placed in an orderly manner, but there is a spot where the remains are simply piled up in the corners...

Do you want to visit this mysterious crypt? Let our expert local tourist guides organize an exciting guided tour to discover the most unusual and curious places in Venice!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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