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St. Mary of the Friars

San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Croce)
+39 041 272 8611
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Ranked #7 of 218 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

While a little off the beaten path, it is well worth a visit. We arrived around mid-day on a Saturday in September 2014. There was a wedding that inside the church which closed it until after 1:00. They did let a small group of us tourist in and we had to stay within 10 yards of the front door which... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous and impressive church with lots of important artwork and only 3 euro -a bargain. I had my little Rick Steve's guide which was very helpful, because they don't seem to have much explanation available there. It helped me find the key pieces of art and provided some background. But even without that, the artwork is incredibly moving and works... More

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I had never heard of this church until I read about it in a Rick Steves' guidebook. Glad we went. Beautiful art located in situ.......a magnificient church. Also, directly adjacent to the San Rocco ( which we did not realize at the time)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Must see in Venice. This church is one of the most beautiful churches I've seen here. Overwhelming. With works of Sansovino, Titiian, Belini, Vivarini,... and funerary monuments of Dandolo, Canova, Monteverdi,...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Frari is a 'must see' cathedral sized gothic church of beautiful proportions, but as well as architecture it offers some on the greatest paintings of Venice including masterpieces by Titian and Bellini. The church also features vast monuments the most memorable of which is the eerie pyramid to Canova. Titians tomb is also inside the Frari.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very underrated church but is awesome with all the artwork and much more peaceful then St. Marks. A must see.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Quite the most wonderful of cathedrals in Venice and highly recommended. A little off the beaten track in the San Polo district but still easy to get to. Examples of great work from many key artists including Titian and Canova is buried here in a weirdly fascinating pyramidal tomb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Wew were warned off this brick monstrosity, glad we ignored the advice. The best 3 euros we spent in Venice. Seeing is believing, as good as any churh in the city. Highly recommended. Be sure to take the audio tour, we did not which was a mistake.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We stayed directly opposite this church and were so glad we did. Waking up to the church bells and the different colours of the building depending on the weather was an experience I will always remember. Walking into the church for the first time, not knowing what to expect, I was blown away by the amazing sculptures, paintings...even the floors... More

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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

On a hot day this is a really magnificent building with some exquisitly carved choir stalls and plenty of space to just sit and take stock of all you have seen and been doing before pressing on with your walk or having a coffee/snack in any of the small outdoor places in the campos close by.

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