Tempio Canoviano

The Tempio Canoviano or Temple of Canova is a Roman Catholic parish church built in a severe Neoclassical style, based on the designs of Antonio Canova. It is located on a hilltop in Possagno in the Province of Treviso in the region of Veneto.
Work on the temple, that is dedicated to the Holy Trinity begun in 1819 and resumed after Canova's death in 1822 until 1830 under the supervision of abbot Giovanni Battista Sartori and architect Giuseppe Segusini. The project underwent several modifications by Pietro Bosio and Giovanni Zardo along with Giannantonio Selva and Luigi Rossini. The structure recalls the Pantheon of Rome. Canova almost single-handedly financed the site since he wished to be buried there after his request of a burial at the Rome Pantheon was denied. Upon completion in 1830 his remains were transferred to the church.
The atrium or pronaos is nearly 28 metres in size, the diameter of the interior and height of the cupola, and contains 16 doric columns. The architrave bears the Latin inscription: DEO OPT MAX UNI AV TRINO. The metopes were carved by pupils from stucco casts of Canova.
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