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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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One of Titian's masterpieces is inside.

This is a majestic church, very impressive nave and chapels. The big draw, however, is the Titian painting of the Assumption of the Virgin on the main altar. Your soul may soar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a majestic church, very impressive nave and chapels. The big draw, however, is the Titian painting of the Assumption of the Virgin on the main altar. Your soul may soar along with hers if you let it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cross the Rialto Bridge or take a traghetto and don't miss this gorgeous church with Titian's Assumption in it. Titian's there too: his tomb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful church! Huge impressive tomb of Titian by Giambologa. Altar done by Titian, another his painting was in restration. Must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a sight to behold! One of the most famous renderings of Our Lady's Glorious Assumption! It takes your breath away!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This large church has a plain exterior which is deceptive as it gives no indication of the beautiful paintings and sculptures that are housed inside. Really, there was so much to see in this church. We felt the the modest fee charged for entry was well worth it. This church was one of the highlights of our visit to Venice.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so grateful to the woman at my hotel for recommending the friare out of all the churches in Venice. The sculpture was astonishing! It was NOT a let down after St. MArk's it was a continuation of the awesome, sacred art of St. Mark's you can feel it upon entering the sacred church. It is awe-striking and not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here to see the tomb of Titian and discovered that Canova was also buried here. The church has two pictures by Titian and another by Bellini. Definitely worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In addition to being the Francsicnas Basilica this beautiful, if not hidden church, has tombs of Monterverdi, Canova and several Doges in its walls. The Canova tomb looks so modern for something over 200 years old and contrasts so well with the ancient wooden choir stalls which are masterpiece of carpentry. Off the side is the sacristy where you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outside this church looks somewhat staid and plain but inside it is not only huge but houses some fantastic renaissance paintings including the beautiful The Assumption by Titian and also his Pesaro Madonna (note as of July '16 the painting shown is a reproduction as the original is being repaired). Definitely worth a visit for a very small charge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a point to visit this church after reading reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed. There is a small fee but its more than worth it. After visiting a lot of churches in Rome this church doesn't have as much detail (for example on the ceilings) as some of those but nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed our... 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.