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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 #6 of 217 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Once thing Italy is not short on is churches. This is a neat one because it has one unusual piece of art work…. As with all the churches and sights, invest in the audio tour so you get a feel for some of the art work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Only a few Euros to enter, downloaded our own Rick Steve's tour and listened as we walked around, there was an audio tour you could do there. Spent about 30-40 minutes, well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If I could only visit one church in Venice this would be it. San Marco has the history and the architecture but nothing takes your breath away like Bellini's little Madonna in the Frari church. I have been back here six times over forty years and my spirit gets a lift every time I see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If there is one church you should visit in Venice, this is it. Read about it before you go so you can appreciate it better, its famous paintings especially

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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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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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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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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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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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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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