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The very first settlements on the island of San Servolo date back to the 7th century when a company of Benedictine monks occupied it. At the time, a church already existed and was dedicated to San Cristoforo. Shortly after, the religious decided to build a new one, dedicating it to San Servilio, martyr of Trieste. The place was then passed to the nuns of the same Benedictine order and in 1725 the Hospitaller Fathers of San Giovanni di Dio arrived who transferred their Hospital for the Sick and decided to rebuild the place of worship again. The architects Tommaso Temanza were commissioned to build the church and Giovanni Scalfarotto to build the convent.

The architectural structure of the church, with a central plan, appears to be outside the usual architectural canons, having two low and elegant bell towers and the facade partially covered by a beautiful portico resting on soaring columns, all pleasantly decorated by two statues depicting Angels made by Giovanni Ferrari. In 1810, the church was enriched with a Nacchini organ, coming from the now demolished church of Santa Maria del Pianto.

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