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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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Beautiful Church

Brilliant church. The choir chairs are incredible. Wonderful artwork and full of history a true gem in Venice

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Brilliant church. The choir chairs are incredible. Wonderful artwork and full of history a true gem in Venice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the greatest churches of Venice. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and is known for its many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art and monuments to Renaissance sculptors and artists. The exterior is built of brick and is rather plain in keeping with the Franciscan’s life of poverty and... More 

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Zagreb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This beautiful magnificant church can be visited with Chorus pass. It costs 12€ and includes visits to 15 churches. Otherwise it would be 3€ per church. You get very good guide map of included churches. The pass is valid for one year. So if you plan to come back to Venice or you stay long enough to visit more churches... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Pretty little church (little compared to others), lovely art work inside. Not as crowded as other churches (eg. St Mark's Basillica). Worth a visit when in Venice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Quite an impressive church! Not the Basilica St Mark but much more manageable and appreciable! Bring your own guide book and sink yourself into some amazing history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One of the most beautiful churches you'll find in Venice bursting with beautiful art that leaves you speechless. I've visited this church a number of times, and it doesn't get tired. Please respect people during service and don't take flash photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Well worth the walk from Rialto bridge to see this church. It far exceeds St Mark's Cathedral. It's in a quiet little neighbourhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A beautiful and unique church with a lot of art to see. Good architecture and history prevails.Entry fee is there but worth seeing especially since this a holy one.Stays in your memory

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Frari has some of the most beautiful and interesting art in Venice. We were taken by it's spaciousness, and how exqusiite the Titians are, especially.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My vote for the #1 tourist visit of Venice. Absolute masterpieces of art history--two major Titians, in their original intended site, with plenty else to take in during your visit. Sadly, Titian's Pesaro Madonna was not present when I visited this time because it's being restored. Still worth the visit. So much more fun than visiting an art museum.

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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.