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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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Titian's Assumption is stunning!

Beautiful church filled with the works of several masters. Titian's Assumption of the Virgin above the high altar is breathtaking. We stopped to pray here for a while before... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful church filled with the works of several masters. Titian's Assumption of the Virgin above the high altar is breathtaking. We stopped to pray here for a while before seeing Donatello's statue of John the Baptist and Bellini's Madonna and Child (which looks almost three dimensional).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small charge to visit this church but certainly worth it. Wonderful paintings. Venice at its best. Very near La Scuola grande di San Rocco, do see both places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Some of the sculptures in this church are incredible. The monument to doge pesaro doesn't even get a mention in my guide book but it one of the most amazing things you will see in Venice or anywhere else to be honest. Other works of art well listed are impressive too of course. the monks choir needs close scrutiny to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were surprised we had to pay to go into the Basilica - but there are many beautiful works of art - especially The Assumption of Mary that hangs over the main alter. The smaller chapels are lovely as well. I wish the day we were there had been a bit cooler - I think I would have appreciated the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delayed entry by a wedding, then had a wonderful visit. Glorious paintings and chapels to view. Also a good café in the square opposite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's one of Venice churches I liked best. I absolutely adore gothic churches, but this one is real pretty on its own. And it's full of wonderful pieces of art. I loved Bellini's altarpice in chapel on right (through the door) from main altar (also very pretty). Tombs allover the place are very attractive, all of them. Especially tombs of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This old Franciscan basilica may be Venice's 2nd most important church. It is filled with paintings by famous venetian painters. There is a monument to Canova just inside the entry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the price of admission, they have leaflets in several languages which explains all the works of art found in the basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church has a lovely feel to it because the art fits the spaces in which it resides. But what was so totally memorable were three pieces of art. Titian's Assumption of the Virgin is unbelievably beautiful as it hangs over the altar. The colors just glow as the painting looks like a work of stained glass. Donatello's statue of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do. 800 years of faith and art. Just amazing. Very quite and a bit more reverent. Opportunity to sit and really soak it up. No fuss no queue.

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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.