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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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San Polo
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Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 272 8611
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari...

Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," the "Assumption" and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, Saint John the Baptist by Donatello.

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Beautiful Experience not to be missed.

One of the highlights of Venice. It is a magnificent example of Venetian Gothic. The Assumption of the Virgin by Titian is worth the trip over by itself. But there is even more.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the highlights of Venice. It is a magnificent example of Venetian Gothic. The Assumption of the Virgin by Titian is worth the trip over by itself. But there is even more.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tips: It's getting HOT, so book online in advance to skip the entry queue - this gate is not easy to spot among the crowd in the square but it is there, just walk along the fence outside. Online entry is for skip-the-line, it does not cover the treasury etc inside but all the extras are worth paying for, such... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful church, there were so many beautiful pieces of art, and the woodwork on the choir stalls is just amazing. There is a small fee to enter, but it is definitely worth it. I would highly recommend a stop here while exploring Venice!

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This church offers many highlights - Tizian (including the main altar and his tombstone), Veneziano, Bellini. Right in front of the church entrance is a small bistro, very friendly atmosphere.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very huge church where you can see very nice wooden stalles and also interesting tombs. There is also a nice cloister. Environment around the church is charming

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great church full of renaissance masterpieces including two paintings by Titian and an altarpiece by Bellini. Monteverdi, Canova and Titian are buried inside the church.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk around the church and you will recognise a huge brick building. Interior is much more interesting. There are hundreds of paintings, sculptures, tombstones (Titian, Canova and others). You will pay an entrance fee to see some side corners and altars. Take an hour or so to walk around. Better works of art are described but use of a good... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A peaceful place, slightly off the beaten trail with none of the hoards of tourists found in St. Mark's. The art found here is amazing, and the choir stalls should not be missed. Use your Chorus Pass here, then the fee is already covered and you are able to visit 14 other of the most beautiful churches in Venice.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're seeking spiritual uplifting, the scent of history or the richness of art, this is the place. Superb craftsmanship surrounds you, from masterful woodwork, architecture, painting, the level of skill is simply wonderful. Take a little time to read some of it's history and a few of the people that are connected with the church before going, it can... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled on this Basilica by accident while roaming the streets of Venice. Once inside, we were completely in awe of the incredible sights before our eyes and felt so privileged to be seeing something so special. It's not "just another basilica", and to appreciate its beauty, you have to see it for yourself. Don't pass this by, pay the... More 

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San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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