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St. Mary of the Friars

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Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 272 8611
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary...

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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Most people visit for the painting – but the intricate details of the choir stalls and ceiling (bring binoculars) were breathtaking. I love the altar to relics- a glass and golden... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is not the must see destination in Venice. from the exterior the church looks a lot less spectacular than from the inside. when you have a Venice card and you want to make most of your trip you should visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Most people visit for the painting – but the intricate details of the choir stalls and ceiling (bring binoculars) were breathtaking. I love the altar to relics- a glass and golden cabinet filled with vials of relics from the Saints. Reminiscent of a Harry Potter film.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most people visit Santa Maria to see the famous Madonna, which indeed requires admiration. Can be seen from a bit afar but always spells that sense of moviment, of ascending to glory. But do take the time to admire all else besides the painting. It is a very large church full of art, and with some impressive funerary monuments (the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While this was my sixth visit to this amazing city, this was the first time that I ventured to this church. While it is slightly off the beaten track, this enormous building is certainly worth a visit. It houses numerous tombs, including Canova's monument and Titian's mausoleum and two famous works by Titian himself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go to see the grave of Antonio Canova, sculpted in white marble. I am a huge fan of Canova's pieces of art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Overall it was worth stopping in. Not as grand as the Basilica San Marco, but still worth walking through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We did this as a Rick Steves audio tour. The art was superb and the church really something to see. The walk over from the Rialto is through a not so traveled part of the city so I felt we got to see some of the real Venice on our way there and back as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

This is certainly a place to visit - it's nowhere near as busy as St. Marks but not as beautiful. They have some great artwork to view and it really cheap to entry

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Not in a main tourist area, and very close to the equally beautiful Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Beautiful Titian paintings, and he's buried here, and there's also a Donatello sculpture. It's a must see and I think it was only 3 euro.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We walked into this huge Basilica and could not have been more impressed. Everything is larger than life, especially the sculptures and priceless masterpieces. Magnificent alters, and woodwork also. Spent several hours in awe looking.

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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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