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St. Mary of the Friars

Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
Phone Number: +39 041 272 8611
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Ranked #4 of 214 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Frari is one of the most important churches in venice and is located in san polo are. One of the reasons it is popular is for the Titian Painting, Assumption which adorns the main altar and apart from that there so many other work of art around here like that of Bellini and Donatello and Lombardo. The church is beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Only steps from San Rocco, this is well worth a stop if only to see Titian's Assumption. Much like the rest of Venice, this is no different. Absolutely beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We actually visited this marvelous church in the summer of 2013, when we walked from Piazzale Rome to Piazza San Marco. It was a great walk trough the most beautiful areas of Venice. We crossed many bridges and passed trough lovely streets. We started at the Santa Croce district and when we came in the San Polo district, we visited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Made an impression. Bellini's painting is magical. Beautiful sculptures! I did not regret coming here!

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malibu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Unless you are spending a lot of time visiting Venice (and my husband and I do) this might be a wonderful stop for your second visit. Venice is not a city you can see in a day. I have been going there for 30 years and am still in the process of discovering. Sadly a lot of travelers hit the... More 

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da
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

a very nice church, we really enjoyed our visit; Venice trip was wonderful and we wouldn't change a thing on it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were excited about visiting the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and I have to say that the highlight was Titian's masterpiece The Assumption of the Virgin. It is a breathtakingly beautiful work. That said, there are many more great things to see including Canova's tomb and Canova's pupils' monument to Titian. Also don't miss the Monks Choir... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We attended Mass here while on a visit to Venice. Since we were unfamiliar with the area, we wandered around the building, (must have come upon it from the back) before finding the front doors. It was well worth our wandering. The church is absolutely stunning. The Titian behind the altar is a must see and Titian's tomb and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Unless you intend on attending a service, you are not allowed in the church (as it should be) as this is a sacred religious place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Loved wandering the "other side" of the Grand Canal, winding around here and there, then walking into the Frari church. The history of the church is fascinating; Titian's Assumption of the Virgin is amazing, as are the pyramid-shaped Canova monument and Titian's tomb. Recommend getting the audio guide; it is quite helpful and well-done.

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