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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Epsom, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was my favourite church as it is still a functioning church and everyone obeyed the no photos policy. I find it so disrespectful when people walk around religious buildings taking selfies etc. Lovely quiet visit and was able to light a candle which I always try and do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a functioning catholic church. Very nice service in a wonderful setting. Great wood artistry and unique tableaux.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Does not look like much from the outside, but the interior is beautiful. There are 2 notable tombs here - Titian(painter) and Canova(sculptor). There are beautiful choir stalls, beautiful paintings, and the architecture is great! I did not like that there were no photo signs everywhere, which were being ignored by everyone.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Amazing artworks, beautiful architecture....and works well with a visit to the Scuola San Rocco, another not-to-be-missed site just adjacent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I cannot find the words to fully explained my experience at St. Mary's. It's breathtaking and surreal. I would recommend this amazing place to everyone who plans to visit Venice, Italy. Just a tip, make sure to join tour because single admission can result in a long way because of all the tours offered.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This cathedral is one of the greatest cultural and spiritual experiences in Venice. Expect yourself to spend much time there, and still return for more. Graves of Tizian and Canova and Tizian's Assunta paintings will be your first impressions, but the overall greatness and infinity of this Franciscan treasury of paintings and statues will soon prove no less captivating. Get... More 

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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.