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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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Pretty Church

Pretty little church (little compared to others), lovely art work inside. Not as crowded as other churches (eg. St Mark's Basillica). Worth a visit when in Venice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Pretty little church (little compared to others), lovely art work inside. Not as crowded as other churches (eg. St Mark's Basillica). Worth a visit when in Venice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Quite an impressive church! Not the Basilica St Mark but much more manageable and appreciable! Bring your own guide book and sink yourself into some amazing history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful churches you'll find in Venice bursting with beautiful art that leaves you speechless. I've visited this church a number of times, and it doesn't get tired. Please respect people during service and don't take flash photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth the walk from Rialto bridge to see this church. It far exceeds St Mark's Cathedral. It's in a quiet little neighbourhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

A beautiful and unique church with a lot of art to see. Good architecture and history prevails.Entry fee is there but worth seeing especially since this a holy one.Stays in your memory

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Frari has some of the most beautiful and interesting art in Venice. We were taken by it's spaciousness, and how exqusiite the Titians are, especially.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My vote for the #1 tourist visit of Venice. Absolute masterpieces of art history--two major Titians, in their original intended site, with plenty else to take in during your visit. Sadly, Titian's Pesaro Madonna was not present when I visited this time because it's being restored. Still worth the visit. So much more fun than visiting an art museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This 13th century gothic church is truly spectacular. The art works of Titian, Donatello, Bellini and others are just magnificient. Although we visited in late July, we found it to be much less crowded than most of the other major attractions in Venice. Perhaps because it is a bit off the beaten path. Nevertheless it is well worth it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The visit in the church St.Mary of the Friars was very, veru impressive.Great building, spacy interior with great artwork.Titian is the most important reason to visit the church.The visit will stay in the memory for a long, long time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very serene, holy place.We wandered in and out of many, many churches during our trip but some stay in the memory; as this one does.

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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.