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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
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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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The Best Church in Venice

Part of the Venice Chorus scheme. This was the best church we saw in Venice. The assumption behind the high altar is the highlight of the church. But Monteverdi's tomb is also in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Part of the Venice Chorus scheme. This was the best church we saw in Venice. The assumption behind the high altar is the highlight of the church. But Monteverdi's tomb is also in the basilica. A truly breathtaking church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Many churches and cathedrals are found throughout the Venice island, and just about all of them can be reached on foot (St. Georges on San Giorgio being an exception). The day we passed by St. Mary's and went inside for a visit, it was uncrowded and seemed to have escaped the attention of the hordes of people congregating at St.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Frari is an impressive church. Externally whilst large it is not overly decorative, in fact it is plain. Inside though there are many works of art from the famous painters of Venice including Titians Madonna di Pasaro and Assumption of the Virgin., Bellinis Madonna and Child Titian is buried in the church and his and other monuments within have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not just another church. Incredible tombs and monuments to some of Venice's greatest patrons. The Canova sepulchre is massive but not alone in its ability to impress inside the church. Well worth a side visit as part of your day. Not crowded and a nice escape from the heat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnificent building recommend a visit .The architecture is breathtaking and beautifully maintained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aside from St Mark's, this is the must-see church in Venice. Outstanding art pieces from all eras. The scale of the church inside is really impressive (which you can't really tell from the street). Small entry charge is levied.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (St Mary of the Friars) is one of the greatest churches in Venice, with staus of a minor basilica. Somewhat off the beaten path and away from the more typical tourist stops, located in the San Polo section across the Rialto Bridge, The painting above the altar is the famous Assunta (Assumption) by Titian, taking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church was on our Rick Steves list and it did not disappoint. Less visited, no crowds but still amazing with the likes of Donatello, Titian and Giovanni Bellini representing. Rick Steves also offers an audioguide you can download on your phone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building is a gorgeous example of architecture and is a lovely place to visit. Not one of the major sights but definitely one to see if you're interested in architecture and beautiful things. It was closed when I first tried to enter, but when I visited later in the day it was fine - so I would keep this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Church may not be as high on the touristy list as a few others, but do yourself a favor and go witness it. It is away from the hustle and bustle of San Marco and, while large, is relatively simple on the outside. Inside, you will be blown away.

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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.