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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Berlin, Germany
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“Funny people”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

I have to laugh at some of the reviews regarding this Basilica.
"Unless you're into art or religion it's boring" to summarize a few.
Are you kidding? I'm not sure why you would come to Venice or even Italy for that matter and not expect to see nothing BUT that in Museums. Have you people ever heard of THE RENAISSANCE? And if so, do you know its significance? Maybe it's just cool to say "Ive been to Italy at the next bridge game"
Titian's "Assumption of the Virgin" is one of the greatest masterpieces in human history, its right there and you are baffled why there is "RELIGIOUS ART" in a BASILICA? Wow, Just,...WOW.
And now the review, Titian, Venice's only DONATELLO, Bellini, Campagna and more are here,
Pay no heed to the unwashed, ignoramuses with money to blow and no obvious research skills.
This place is a gem.

Visited May 2013
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“My favorite in Venice”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

After having arrived from Florence to Venice, and trying to hit all the high points, I must admit that I enjoyed the Frari church the most.

What's more, if one gets the Rick Steves podcast for the tour to this specific church, your visit can be greatly expanded and improved. He is no art PhD, but his descriptions are detailed, his mood light, and the 25 minute audio quite enjoyable and educational.

I found the quality and intimate setting of the pieces by Titian, Donatello and others to be perhaps the best I have experienced in Italy, next to standing next to Michaelangelo's David. Titian's powerful pieces, the Assumption and Mary and Child are in excellent condition and bathed by wonderful light from the building itself (not common in these old churches)--making the viewing experience all the more precious. Entrance is cheap, 3 euro for adults and 1.5 for youth. The setting is quiet, serene, and easily accessible. One is free to roam and get close to the art in a way that really is not available at any of the other locations with such high-end pieces. The tomb sites and other pieces were even interesting to my children.

A plus- very few people, no crowds, and 2 excellent Gelato stands just outside the door!

Visited May 2013
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“Impressive”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

One of the most impressive churches in Venice, definitly worth of visiting. Quite hard to find, but worth of it.

Visited May 2013
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“One of the very most intersting places in Venice”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

If you have not much time in Venice, I would recommend this as one of the two or three sites to visit. The church with all its paintings, statues and other great works is well worth the time, even if you, as me, are more interested in museums than churches.

Visited May 2013
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“A gem”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Almost confused by the different names. The italian is very different. Found by accident but well worth popping in and it is right on one of the main walking routes from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazzale Roma. Great paintings and architecture. We caught it late in the day and it was quiet.

Visited April 2013
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