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St. Mary of the Friars

San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Croce)
+39 041 272 8611
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Ranked #7 of 216 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I Frari or Frari, as it's usually called (the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari), survived the Napoleon occupation as a whole, and Titian's Assumption had been in exile from 1817 - 1945 but, other than this, Donatello's John the Baptist, and Bellini's triptych of Modonna and Child with saints (definitely an awe to me!). What's also spectecular are... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

From the outside you can never imagine that such an incredible collection of art can be found together in a church. The entrance ticket is certainly worthed the 3 euro; there are musea which are less interesting. You can easily spend 2 hours (or more) watching the artworks. They are all exceptionally beautiful; the highligths are the Monuments for Doge... More

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Oxfordshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wow! A must see for anyone visiting venice. Beautiful architecture, monuments and works of art. The Canova monument is especially powerful and impressive.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was truly overawed at this Basilica. Though sadly the monastery no longer is in operation the buildings all still remain and house the Archives of Venice. One can see the cloisters through the windows of the Sacristy. The choir stalls still remain in tact. The Titian painting over the main altar, as well as the Bernini triptych and the... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The huge, dark interior of this wonderful church which we hadn't planned to visit but stumbled upon, really was a highlight of the trip. The incredible tombs of Titian and Canovas contrast with each other while the formers glowing alter piece were highlights. A real joy.

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Vieille Europe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The main attraction of this church is probably Tizian's painting above the main altar. Don't just stop there, the church has much to offer. It is a member of the CHORUS association which means that you have to pay for the visit (3 EUR). It is advisable to buy a combined ticket which enables you to visit all Chorus churches... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Near San Rocco Scuola,to see, there is Frari church one of the biggest church in Venice. An amazing Tiziano worth the visit. You must pay a ticket, i don t like it, but you can enter to pray for free. In any case the ticket worth the visit, and i understand that this way you can also keep away people... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was our favourite church on the Chorus Pass circuit made better by the fact that we had downloaded Rick Steve's free audioguide. The church has it's own audioguides for hire which I would recommend as there is a lot of artwork which as better appreciated if you know a little about it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was an unexpected treasure during our visit. There's a Bernini here. It is such a spectacular sight that it even impressed my 24 year old son. Well worth the 3 euros to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The ancient chorus and the Madonna Assunta di Titian is great! There are no many place in the world where you can find great art inside the original local place. The monument of Canova is incredible too! So many different style inside a wonderful church.

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