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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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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

In a city with many churches, Chiesa del Frari, or Church of the Friars, merits special attention. This great Franciscan church built in the 13-14 centuries stands out because of it's imposing appearance, funerary monuments and painting masterpieces. The ponderous tomb of the painter Titian by the master sculptor Canova is here, as is the Titian masterwork the "Assumption". Make... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is our favourite visitor attraction in Venice and we especially love the Bellini painting in the right hand chapel. The main altarpiece Titian is beautiful too. WE always make a point of visiting this even if only on a day visit

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Having seen many churches over the years and the past few weeks, this one stands out. Five noted master pieces and spacious enough to be able to appreciate them.

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Rainbow City, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

In the heart of Venice is a treasure worth walking to see, Frari Basilica is one of over 100 churches fornd in Venice, but the one I wanted to see because of Titan's beautiful Assunta; the church is stunning inside. The walk to the church is very beautiful, from any starting point in Venice. A must see!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

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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H'attard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

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

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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