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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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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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Free admission, definitely worth a look if you are passing - amazing paintings and sculptures. A very peaceful place to sit for a few minutes and reflect.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Free admission, definitely worth a look if you are passing - amazing paintings and sculptures. A very peaceful place to sit for a few minutes and reflect.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife is an artist and always visits the Frari Church whenever we are in Venice. She loves the Titian alter piece painting. The painting is also positioned symmetrically in the church's interior, drawing one’s eyes directly to it. It was as if the interior was constructed around the painting. The church is peaceful and the Titian beautiful. It is... More 

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Cathedral City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another beautiful Church. I happened to walk in on a funeral. It must of been someone important. There was Italian Military uniformed men, and Dignified men giving their final speech. After viewing this beautiful church. I walked out side and saw the casket being placed on a boat, flowers and all. A wonderful sight to see. Not all morbid.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another really big church, with very interesting statues and artifacts. The audioguide was extremely helpful with catching all the interesting pieces and the remarkable history behind them.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's overwhelming after several days in Venice -- scores or churches, hundreds of priceless artworks -- but this church is a must see for it's historical significance and the artwork within.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this church. It has a Titain alter piece that's spectacular. Then they have a small chapel that has a Bellini painting that's very special.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the many nice little churches in Venice. Some lovely paintings on display here. If you like visiting churches then this is worth a look

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was really impressed by this church.I didn't expect it to be this good. And I am sorry I am unable to really put my finger on it but given that that part of Venice is so compact, it is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can you say about Venetian churches? They compete in beauty and magnificence, and this one is no exception.Spend one hour wandering thorugh it in peace and quiet and afterwrds take a walk in the narrow streets around it, they are also worthwhile to see real Venetian life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost walked right by this basilica because it was so plain on the outside - simple brick without ornamentation - but its sheer size made us wonder. We paid the few euros to enter, and we were absolutely mesmerized. Keep in mind that the Venetians were the first city-state to pull themselves out of the Dark Ages (somewhere in... More 

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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.