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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Huge church.

Enormous medieval church with fascinating frescoes and paintings. It reminds you how powerful the Franciscans were in the 13 Century. It is easy to miss it but both the church and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Enormous medieval church with fascinating frescoes and paintings. It reminds you how powerful the Franciscans were in the 13 Century. It is easy to miss it but both the church and the district of San Polo are well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The beautiful Frari church was found by accident. We had downloaded Rick Steve's audio tour ahead of time but wasn't sure how to find it! We never knew where we were going in Venice...constantly lost and loved every minute of it. We were really glad we found this church though. It is fascinating to see all the tombs and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Just contemplate 'Assunta' and go in ecstasies just like She does. Admire the magnificence of 'Pala Ca' Pesaro' . Also Canova's monument is really touching.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Titian's altar piece, The Assumption, is worth the visit. Monteverdi is buried here too. Nice to walk around without dealing with crowds of people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful church. We visited mid-morning on a weekday and it was not crowded at all. Download Rick Steve's free Europe guide app and listen to his description of the treasures inside. It's fascinating, especially some of the strange artifacts, including a heart! We were able to purchase our entry tickets at the door with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I came across this church by accident as I was getting to know the neighborhood of my rented flat. And was pleasantly surprised. They charge a small fee for entrance but with the beautiful frescoes and sculptures, it's worth the fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

An enormous building housing a myriad of religious treasures. Your visit climaxes with the massive 'Assumption of the Virgin' by Titan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Very nice place very big tall huge place Nice paintings a lot of memories onto that place . You can buy tickets at the entrance plus audio guide with you language

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

wanted to visit however it seems you need to purchase tickets in advance. While we arrived mid Saturday afternoon we were told that the ticket office was closed even though it was opened til 7.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you like distinctive architecture, this is the site. It was not overcrowded so one could enjoy this landmark effectively.

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Additional Information about St. Mary of the Friars

Address: Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 272 8611
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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.