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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised by this church. We thought it would be just a quick stop but we wound up spending quite a bit of time here and actually liked it a lot more than St. Mark's. It has a great feel to it and great art.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 NEW

This Cathedral (nondescript on the outside) has amazing artworks stretching over several centuries of Venice;s history through the Gothic and into the Renaissance ending up with a highly modernistic funeral monument for a 19th Century sculptor. Worth seeing this sight for the Assumption altarpiece alone but the smaller works are worth the visit as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sadly the Pesaro altar piece is away for restoration, but the copy in situ gies a good impression of what it looks like.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Well worth the 3 euro entry fee, lots to see - approx half an hour to an hour's worth of visual treats. If you're not one for religious iconography this is probably not for you, similarly there are several tombs and sculptures that are not for the faint hearted - Canova's triangular memorial is rather disturbing as is the funeral... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What a place to visit, you can get lost in that place just looking at all the monuments and other art works. The most notable for me were the sculptor Antonio Canova pyramid tomb (simple yet very haunting) and the tomb of the Doge Giovanni Pesaro. His tomb is as fascinating as it is offensive, the four black men holding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This church its enormous. The interior has hundreds sculptures and gives you the impresion that it never ends . You have to pay a small amount but it is worthy it .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We went and it was free admission to get in, so that was a bonus. The architecture is breathtaking , artwork is awe inspiring, and overall just a beautiful piece of venetian history. There are also prayer alters for offerings so it was very quiet and humbling, we enjoyed it a lot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Big and stunning church. You have to pay to get in but it is well worth it! This is one of the most important churches in Venice also because here there is the Assumption by Tiziano painter!

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