The Temple of Possagno
"Its white mass on top of a hill stands out clearly against the green mountains which surrounds it. It stands on a square made of multicolour cobblestones arranged in geometrical patterns, which is the work of architect Giuseppe Segusini from Feltre.
This imposing neoclassical building is characterised by three elements, one inside the other: the Doric colonnade inspired by that of the Parthenon in Athens; the central body, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome; the apse of the main altar, which is six-step higher than the other two elements and which was a typical feature of ancient Christian basilicas. These three elements, coexisting without frictions, are the symbols of three different ages: the Greek civilisation, the Latin culture and the Christian grandeur. Canova (1757-1822) planned the building, but it was Giovanni Zardo, a relative of his, who carried out the works.
The first stone was set in place on 11th July 1819, and notwithstanding the planner's death, it was finished in 1830, visited by Viceré Ranieri later that year and consecrated on 6th May 1832. Inside the 8-metre-thick wall of the building corridors and staircases to the upper floors and the dome were ingeniously devised. If you look at the gable over the pronaos**, you can see seven metopes depicting scenes of the Old and the New Testament: there should have been 27 of those, but Canova died before he could finish the work."
Extracts from the brochure of the Province of Treviso "An architectural trail", texts by Paola Filippi.
Full description in "An architectural trail" (pdf, page 27)