"The Frari" Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Tip by Tijavi


Officially known as Sta Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Frari, built by Franciscan brothers - initially between 1250-1338 and expanded in the mid-15th century - is in the running for Venice's largest Gothic church along with the Dominicans' San Zanipolo.

While the cathedral's airy interior is humongous, this church is nowhere close to San Zanipolo's record as THE resting place of choice of Venetian rulers (doges). Still, the Frari has some great things to offer to lovers of art such as Titian's Assumption of the Virgin, and Bellini's Madonna and Child, which is a study in sublime use of colors and regarded as one of the best examples of Renaissance paintings. Unfortunately, the church's often-abrasive "wardens" zealously enforce a no-photo policy.

Address: Campo dei Frari
Phone: +39 041 272 8611
Website: http://www.basilicadeifrari.it

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2008
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