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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
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+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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If you visit only one church this is it

A stunning space-huge and filled with remarkable sculpture, paintings and frescos. Somehow more easily absorbed than some of the other smaller but darker and more intense churches... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stunning space-huge and filled with remarkable sculpture, paintings and frescos. Somehow more easily absorbed than some of the other smaller but darker and more intense churches throughout the city where the decoration is less well lit.

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Forest City, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frari Church is a must-visit when in Venice. While not as popular as St. Mark's Basilica or Doge's Palace, it provides many highlights. Titian's Assumption is a colorful work painted for the altar of this church. Donatello's sculpture of St. John the Baptist is a haunting work of wood from 1438. There is also the tomb of Titian where you... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's no shortage of churches to visit in Venice but of the ones I saw, Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was my favorite. As always seems to be the case, it seems so much larger inside than it appears from outside, and every inch of this church is covered with amazing art and architecture including works by masters like... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the sheer holy presence felt here where we had a prayer for our family. History abounds and you do feel in Venice.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church gives such a peaceful, wonderful, majestic feeling that it should be on your "to do" list. On one visit, a small orchestra band played here, and if you were aware of it, you could be one of the few folks who could attend this private showing. The acoustics are superb, especially noteworthy since they begun building here in... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decoration outside is plain brick but inside is worth for visiting. "the Assumption of the Virgin" painted by Titian, of course, you will never miss because it is on the altar. also outstanding, 124 wooden Choir stalls, executed by Marco Cozz, are richly decorated with perspective intarsia scene. Plus, Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini and others.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Basilica - very busy but still allows for thoughtful reflection. Has a great museum and you can climb to the top and go out on the balcony where the views over the square are magnificent

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Coldstream, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2017

Down loaded an idependant audio tour and saved a few Euros. You pay to get in but it is worth it, like all the churches in Venice.

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Reviewed March 20, 2017

After visiting basilicas/cathedrals/churches etc I decided in advance to visit only two of this kind in Venice. The 1st- was the basilica of San Marco in the center. The 2nd must was chosen the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa del Frari (and the nearby School of San Rocco and San Rocco church). Eventually I was more curious and visited Madonna del... More 

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Reviewed March 16, 2017

The Basilica Fear I has a Marvelous Collection of Paintings. My favorite is Titian’s Pesaro Madonna. This a must see Church on the Chorus Pass.

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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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