Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
13:00 - 18:00
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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 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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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,654 contributions
A treasure house
Sep 2021
It took over a hundred years to build the largest church of Venice (consecrated in 1492). Popularly referred to as 'Frari', it perhaps does not look as appealing as other churches in the city, because the exterior is not covered with plaster, but showing the rough brick building material. However, once inside this huge Gothic structure, you will change your mind quickly. Magnificent works of art are all around: funerary monuments to different doge, fantastic sculptures and world class paintings among them the Pesaro Madonna and the Assumption of the Virgin both by Titian.

Don't miss a triptych by Giovanni Bellini named Madonna and Child.
Written 26 October 2021
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Thea S
Hickory, North Carolina206 contributions
Three great pieces of art in a simple church
Oct 2021
Only 3 euros will get you into a late 13th century church with a Titian altarpiece, Donatello sculpture and Bellini Madonna, plus numerous other works . Nice audio tour as well. Need Green Pass or equivalent to enter. No line.
Written 16 October 2021
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Chris B
Arlington, VA134 contributions
Nice Basilica
Sep 2021
It's easily located as the Basilica is literally around the corner from the Scuola di San Rocco. It's well preserved and there is some very nice artwork inside. It's also scenic as there's a canal that runs right in front of it and the little piazza seems to be a good meeting point.
Written 30 September 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,519 contributions
Magnificent church
Jan 2021
What can I say but that this church is one of the most beautiful and the most remarkable ecclesiastical complex in Venice. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually called only Frari, is a beautiful Gothic Venetian church located in the sestiere San Polo.This church is one of the most important Franciscan foundations in Italy. Originally built between 1236 and 1338 by the Franciscan Conventual Friars, the structure was thoroughly re-modelled in the XIV century and given its present most magnificent form of central nave, two side aisles and seven apsidal chapels after the Franciscan-Gothic style. Frari is an imposing brick building, one of the three most important Venetian churches. Like many Venetian churches, the exterior is quite simple. Frari still has a wooden iconostasis, and is therefore special in Venice. But interior hides world marvels of art, of immeasurable significance. Over the centuries the Basilica has become a veritable treasure-chest of exceptional works of art. Any discussion on the art within the church has, of course, to start with what is perhaps the most famous masterpiece of Titian's early maturity, "The Assumption" (1516-1518). What not to be forgotten is also Titian's famous "Virgin Mary from Cà Pesaro" (1526), which Ruskin thought to be the artist's best work in Venice. In the Sacristy (through the door in the centre at the end of the right transept) there’s also a Giovanni Bellini altarpiece to contemplate at length, a "Virgin and Child with Saints" (also known as the Frari Madonna). Two sculptures of "John the Baptist", one by Donatello and the other by Sansovino, are equally impressive, as are works by Bartolomeo Vivarini (including his last "Triptych of Saint Mark's", in the last lateral chapel to the right of the altar, and his nephew Alvise (whose last work ( the "Saint Ambrose" altarpiece ) is to be found in the first lateral chapel from the left). The chapel of Fiorentini also contains the only Venetian work by Donatello, his magnificent wooden statue of "St. John the Baptist". Among the many celebrities in the church are the tombs and funerary remains of Tiziano Vecellio, Antonio Canova, composer Claudio Monteverdi, Saint Pacifico (founder of the church), General Melchiorre Trevisan, and many Venetian Doges, Dondolo, Foscari, Tron and Pesaro.
Written 7 February 2021
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Shane
14 contributions
Beautiful art
Feb 2021
Amazing works of art! This is a beautiful Gothic Church that houses a beautiful painting by Titian as well as several other artists.
Written 5 February 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany783 contributions
Interesting old Church
Feb 2020
It is an interersting old church. The entrance is charged, but the money is for the conservation of this beautiful impressing church. It is a big imposing building from the 14th century. It is very interestring. One of the most important things is the painting Assumption of the Virgin of Titian at the front altar. Although it is not one of the top sights of Venice, I think once in Venice, you should go there and look inside.
Written 31 January 2021
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Buss Brigitte
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland13 contributions
Spectacular!
Oct 2020
One of my high light was the visit in the BAsilica, the Mosaiks. Don't miss the actual exhibition of old fragments in eye view!!! A never seen before of 700 years old history!!
Written 15 October 2020
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STEVE H
Surrey, UK300 contributions
Stunning Basilica
Sep 2020
A must while in Venice lots of history here . can spend an hour in this building . How did there build these churches !
Written 6 October 2020
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AJ66
London, UK92 contributions
Fantastic Basilica and well worth a visit
Sep 2020
This is probably one of the largest Churches or Basilica's in Venice after the main Basilica in the St marks Square. Entrance was free as we had the Venice City Pass otherwise there is a fee (3 euros I think). Well;l worth a visit.
Written 6 October 2020
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France892 contributions
Highly recommended
Sep 2020
What is not to celebrate ? The beautiful, airy nave, the admirable Virgin and Child with saints by Bellini, and the extraordinary Assumption of the Virgin by Titian which has been celebrated by a host of writers and artists (unfortunately the light is really bad on the high altar and made even worse by the yellow lamps under the painting). You really have to look hard and move around to get a good view. We looked for Monteverdi's tomb but could not find it. The monument to Canova is not worth looking for--it is a tepid, neo-classical, common-place pile of white marble erected after Canova's death and aping his refined style.
Written 24 September 2020
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