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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 #7 of 215 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Well worth seeing some great art and tombs in here! Kept well and worth spending the 3euro charge compared to other sights! Good sight to start with some nice artwork!

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Innsbruck, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

the 3 EUR were well invested, you have the time to see Tizians paintings and a statue by Donatello as well as some tombs and monuments

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The world is a much better place to be because of the artists who have adorned this sacred place with their beauty!

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Be sure to download Rick Steve's audio guide for this church as it is very good to use while visiting this church. It is pretty quiet and not too busy as people just pass on by without going in. It is well worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As opera fans, we paid our respects to composer Claudio Monteverdi whose tomb is in a small side chapel at the far left of the high altar, behind a wrought iron gate. It was adorned by a fresh, single long-stemmed white rose. Monteverdi was one of opera's pioneers; his 1607 L'Orfeo is one of the oldest works still in current... More

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is an astonishing place, but you would never guess it from the outside. It is not so much a church as a series of beautiful tombs - a reflection of the medieval view that you could buy your way into heaven by the magnificence of your monument. Some are a little creepy, apparently owing more to Michael Jackson's Thriller... More

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We came here on a Sunday afternoon and almost had the church to ourselves, which was wonderful (especially in contrast to St. Mark's Basilica). The church and artwork were amazing! Pay a couple of euros to rent the audio guide--it's worth it!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This was my favourite place that we visited in Venice. Actually I have no words to encapsulate how much I was enchanted by it. Go!

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Los Altos, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There's a lot to see. Download the Rick Steves audio guide to get you started but that doesn't cover everything so do a little research before you go to get the full experience. Would be great to compare this to Giovanni e Paolo

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is one of the nicest cathedrals in venice..a must visit for history and architecture lovers..walking distance from the center

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