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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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State of Rio Grande do Sul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This gothic church is one of Venice's must-sees for art-lovers, for several reasons. First, it holds the monumental tombs of Titian and Canova (whose heart is burried there). Canova's monument, which was originally designed by himself to be the tomb of Titian, is one of the most breathtaking and mesmerizing group of sculptures for this purpuse I've ever seen. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What an imposing church! Especially in the middle of a thunderstorm!!!! We visited following encouraging reviews by other Trip Advisor visitors and were not disappointed. The Church is inspiring and brought alive by the excellent audio guides. The atmosphere was enhanced by a huge thunderstorm overhead when lightening struck the church causing the lights to come on and the fire... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This church has a large collection of masterpieces. If I remember correctly, you cannot take pictures. But, it's worth it to see the pictures in their original setting.

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Northern New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were pondering walking out to visit this church as our time was limited but we are sure glad we did. There was no line, the price of admission was minimal, and the audio tour downloaded before we left on our trip was incredibly informative. We learned a lot about the church, its importance, and the members who were responsible... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Basilica's exterior is nothing special, but the interior is stocked with impressive artwork, sculptures, tombs of famous Doges and painters, and beautiful ornamentation. Bellini, Tintoretto, Titian...I always return here when I visit Venice. Love the neighbourhood, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Absolutely a highlight of Venice - being able to see masterpieces in their natural setting that we have seen in books was spectacular.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It's a huge space with the tombs of various doges and Venetian artists. Never going to be my favourite church in Europe, but to capture the wealth and ambition of Venice at its height, this has to be seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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