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Venice: Basilica Dei Frari

About the Basilica Dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars)

In English the name is Saint Mary of the Friars, and is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.  The Basilica dates from from the 13th century and has a rather unassuming facade, but once inside you will view some of the great artworks of the Renaissance.

On display are some of the most famous masterpieces such as Giovanni Bellini’s triptych “Madonna and Child with Saints,” the “Assumption” and the “Pesaro Madonna” by Titian (his tomb is located here as well),  the wooden statue of Saint John the Baptist by Donatello.

Probably the most notable is Titian’s Masterpiece,  “The Assumption”,  hanging over the main altar.  Its’ size is immense:  over 20 feet high and 11 feet wide, the pictures shown here do not do it justice.  Titian himself is entombed here as well.

To see these works where they were originally meant to be seen rather than in a gallery is especially rewarding.

There are daily Masses ( in Italian).

Finding the Basilica dei Frari:

The Basilica is located in the heart of Venice, right on a canal, a bit hard to find but we recommend it highly, not only for art lovers, but for anyone.  There is a nominal admission fee.

Address: S. Polo, 3072, 30125, Venezia

Tel:  +39 (041) 272 8611                    Fax: +39 (041) 272 8690

email:  [email protected]

Click here for the official website of the Basilica dei Frari

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