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St. Mary of the Friars

Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
Phone Number: +39 041 272 8611
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Ranked #5 of 197 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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.
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malibu
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Unless you are spending a lot of time visiting Venice (and my husband and I do) this might be a wonderful stop for your second visit. Venice is not a city you can see in a day. I have been going there for 30 years and am still in the process of discovering. Sadly a lot of travelers hit the... More 

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da
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

a very nice church, we really enjoyed our visit; Venice trip was wonderful and we wouldn't change a thing on it

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were excited about visiting the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and I have to say that the highlight was Titian's masterpiece The Assumption of the Virgin. It is a breathtakingly beautiful work. That said, there are many more great things to see including Canova's tomb and Canova's pupils' monument to Titian. Also don't miss the Monks Choir... More 

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Bettendorf
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We attended Mass here while on a visit to Venice. Since we were unfamiliar with the area, we wandered around the building, (must have come upon it from the back) before finding the front doors. It was well worth our wandering. The church is absolutely stunning. The Titian behind the altar is a must see and Titian's tomb and the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Unless you intend on attending a service, you are not allowed in the church (as it should be) as this is a sacred religious place.

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Vicksburg MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Loved wandering the "other side" of the Grand Canal, winding around here and there, then walking into the Frari church. The history of the church is fascinating; Titian's Assumption of the Virgin is amazing, as are the pyramid-shaped Canova monument and Titian's tomb. Recommend getting the audio guide; it is quite helpful and well-done.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

this is a great church to visit and it is near San Rocco (Scuola of St. Rocco) and its free! You can see Titian's Assumption which is amazing.. . .nice place to visit and would recommend!

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Purley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This church holds some key pieces and some not so well known gems. Impersonally wanted to see The monument to Titian and Canova's tomb which by the way just looks so strange in these surroundings. Seeing Titian's Assumption was a highlight but you really do have to marvel at the workmanship seen on the monks choir chairs. Make sure you... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This one of the largest churches in Venice. It is a medieval Franciscan church and contains Titian's Assumption. There are many other paintings and sculptured within the church. Worth a visit.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

OK, I'll admit it. My wife had to drag me here and at first I said she should go in by herself. How wrong could I be? The church is way more impressive and awe inspiring than the Basilica at St Marks Square. The architecture is second only to the Duomo in Milan. The art in terms of crypts, statues,... More 

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