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St. Mary of the Friars

San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
+39 041 272 8611
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Ranked #7 of 220 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

St. Mark's is probably the one church every sees in Venice, but if you can only go to one other, this might be the one. It has some amazing artwork inside, including the Titian Assumption and Bellini's Madonna and Child - plus the amazing pyramid-like tomb of Casanova.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

A beautiful huge church with some stunning art and memorials. Worth a 30 minute detour. Taking photos is frowned upon.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Cultural and just beautiful. Enjoyed as much as st. Mark..3 euros admittance.. Have seen many basilica's in Florence and enjoyed the art and architecture of this hidden gem.

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

fantastic .... truly wonderful ...a must see ...not only a Church but an art museum ...the 3 euro are nothing compared to what you can see and admire...don't miss it

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SOUTHAMPTON
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

I found the walk there more interesting than the destination, because I do not go into churches where there is an entry charge and photography is not permitted. If you like to record the magnificence of religious architecture and/or art with your camera...even without flash....this is not for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Away from the crowds and commercialism of Venice, this church surpasses San Marco in esteem. Go for the art, but linger for the intricacies of the choir chairs.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Wow. This Basilica is beautiful. Have been in many beautiful churches including in Rome and Paris but I think that this is probably the most memorable. Truly beautiful. Must see if you visit Venice.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A place were one can spend time and see the architecture, art and atmosphere. Used Rick Steve's audio guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

While a little off the beaten path, it is well worth a visit. We arrived around mid-day on a Saturday in September 2014. There was a wedding that inside the church which closed it until after 1:00. They did let a small group of us tourist in and we had to stay within 10 yards of the front door which... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Gorgeous and impressive church with lots of important artwork and only 3 euro -a bargain. I had my little Rick Steve's guide which was very helpful, because they don't seem to have much explanation available there. It helped me find the key pieces of art and provided some background. But even without that, the artwork is incredibly moving and works... More

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