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St. Mary of the Friars

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Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 272 8611
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Description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary...
Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, who is buried in the church.
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You have to see this. A little hidden away but worth finding and once inside it will blow you away. I'm not religious particularly but I really felt quite humble here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You have to see this. A little hidden away but worth finding and once inside it will blow you away. I'm not religious particularly but I really felt quite humble here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

30, 35, and 37 years ago, when i visited venice, going to the frari basilica to see titian's assumption of the version was like a pilgrimage, and seeing it was always like a revelation, even to someone wholly unreligious. it still is. i find the painting simply mesmerizing, and i would travel to venice just to see it and nothing... More 

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Kalyves, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

It's well worth the time to find this tucked away church as it's full of beautiful artworks and sculpture by some very famous artists.

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Champaign, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It is slightly off the beaten path from the most touristy areas of Venice, so it was not nearly as crowded as sights in the San Marco area. The modest entrance price of 3 Euro is a great value for seeing the art in this church. We used a Rick Steves audio tour, which was beneficial in hitting the highlights... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Beautiful pantings and statues including Bellini in the sacristy and a Donatello statue plus a Titian!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Large church with some good pieces of art from Titan worth looking at. Reasonable entry cost. Situated in a nice square.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Every time I go to Venice I visit this wonderful church with its plethora of art treasures. The interior is absolutely unmissable for its beauty and as a reminder of the glorious and majestic Venetian past

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

As recommended by most guidebooks: definitely worth seeing. Immense space and volume and in a very area of Venice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A nice Cathedral to visit after walking through the narrow Streets on Venice. Entry fee is a bit out of order for a Church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We visited this church during Holy Week. Unbeknown to us that's the only time that one of Venice's most precious relics is on show. Whether you believe in the authenticity of the relic or not, it was genuinely a unique experience to see it. A beautiful building. Well worth a visit.

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San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.