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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
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 13:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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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Very Nice Basilica

Very impressive paintings and sculptures are housed in this basilica. Also, there are many graves and memorials. At a first glance it might look sort of empty (because of the... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2013
Clarksville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Very impressive paintings and sculptures are housed in this basilica. Also, there are many graves and memorials. At a first glance it might look sort of empty (because of the size of this building), but as you go around you encounter great deal of art objects. Unlike many other attractions in Venice, it was not very crowded here. Enjoy!

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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

This vast Basilica is not to be missed in Venice. During my 3 trips to Venice this is the first time we have stopped even though we have walked by many time. It is exceptional...built between 1250 and 1338. It has many Venetian paintings and it is something to write home about! It does cost 3 Euro but is well... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Exceptionally rude attendants, not what you expect in a tourist place, plus the church was nothing to write home about

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is more commonly called I Frari but never St. Mary of the Friars. It is well worth going to for a number of fantastic paintings,(Titian, Bellini) and several interesting memorials,(Canova, Titian, Montiverdi ) You will have to pay 3 Euros to get in but a better option is to buy a Chorus Pass for 10... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Located in the heart of the San Polo district, St. Mary of the Friar's is truly Venice's greatest church. The Gothic exterior is plain but the interior is spacious and tastefully decorated. You will find many pieces of Venetians Renaissance art. It also contains the tombs of Titian, Canova, Monteverdi, and Francesco Foscar. Admission is 3 Euros.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Despite the relatively dull exterior of this large building, the interior is amazing. Large monuments/tombs line the edges of the Friary (some are quite creepy). Choir seating area is astonishing. Well worth a visit.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This church is more like a museum. It houses Caravagios memorial to Titian and Caravagios memorial to him. It is without a doubt outstanding. I attended mass there but itis not the most spiritual church any more due to its popularity. with tourists

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. If you go to Venice you have to go inside. Traveling through Europe you see many churches, but for me this was my favorite. My wife liked the Basilica in Budapest Hungary but I preferred this church to any I have ever been in.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

My wife an I strolled here after grabbing a quick lunch not far from Rialto. It was on our hit list of Venice "must see" places and we were not disappointed, and frankly enjoyed spending some quality time with the art in a peaceful setting. There were not. More than 30 people in the church while we were there, although... More 

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Arrived early in day and no one was touring. Not at all crowded like other churches. A beautiful place well worth the visit. A rather plain exterior, see photo, but inside. wow! Admission is 3E but definitely worth it. The admission is for maintenance of the Basilica. Do a little research before visiting so you know what one is looking... More 

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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 neighbourhood. 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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