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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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hard to find but worth it

The art in this church is amazing. It's located off the beaten path but it is worth it to see such amazing art!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The art in this church is amazing. It's located off the beaten path but it is worth it to see such amazing art!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Many art museums would love to have all the works of art that are in this church. There is too much there to absorb in just one visit.

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Apple Valley, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We went to this church while visiting Venice because people kept saying "Are you going to the Frari?" and "Don't miss the Frari." It wasn't even on our radar but we figured we should check it out, and we are glad we did. It is hard to find the entrance to this church and we walked the entire perimeter (it... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This church is sublime and so peaceful. Seeing the altarpiece Titian painted for this church was a highlight of our trip. The colors glowed, although I understand the original church elders did not appreciate it at first. Well worth the walk through beautiful little streets, too, to get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The Assunta by Tiziano worths the visit by itself, plus it may be the only chance you have to see a pyramid inside a church :)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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.