Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Venice, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is one of the greatest churches in Venice. The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396.

The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. As with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice.

Titian, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school of painting, is interred in the Frari.

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Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Stergios Mitas (8 months ago)
It is worth going to see the wonderful painting of the Titian -Pesaro Madonna- with the soft colors, the very beautiful Madonna, and the two fat angels in a dark bubble. In the area you will find one of the best ice creams.
Sven H. (2 years ago)
For only 3€ you see a lot of impressive art, statues, tombs... each many centuries old! Impressive!
Ovidiu Tutunaru (2 years ago)
Magnificent church! One of the most beautiful in Venice. Inside, you fell small.
Anne Amison (2 years ago)
The building itself isn't particularly inspiring, being a typical vast Franciscan preaching-barn, and the nave is cluttered with massive tombs. However, there is beautiful art work well worth seeking out: two marvellous Titians (although The Assumption is under restoration at the time of writing) and a wonderful Bellini, among others.
Suthinee Journey (2 years ago)
It Very nice place and full of interested history. The entrance fee is 3 Euro and for visiting internal and go to the too have to pay another 7 euro. But it's very good experience. Recommend to go on the morning or last afternoon.
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