The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just referred to as the Frari, can be found north of Italy. Established for the Assumption, it is one of the great city churches situated in San Polo district’s central portion.

Primarily, the church was made of brick and mortar has been among the three notable churches of Venice constructed in the Gothic style. In the exterior, it looks just like some of Venice churches but the interior contains the only screen still. The construction was finished, after a century.

The Frari is a church of San Polo-Santa Croce-Dorsoduro’s Vicariate. There are several churches under the parish: Santa Margherita, Santa Maria del Soccorso, San Ludovico Vescovo, and San Barnaba.

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari photoPhoto by Me in ME

A masterpiece positioned within dei Frari is the Assumption. Titian, the performer, is called Tiziano Vecellio in Italian.

Titian, a prolific and prominent figure in painting made the Virgin of the Pesaro Family. It was discovered that Titian’s wife was the woman depicted on the painting and that she died in childbirth thereafter. There is a stately tomb dedicated to Titian which is comprised in dei Frari, as is Canova’s.

The Madonna and Child is a world-famous painting exhibited in the room near the altar, it is displayed in dei Frari is Giovanni Bellini’s triptych. It’s considered among the most glorious paintings depicting Madonna, or the Virgin Mary.

Donatello, among other famous artists, sculpted the statue detailed image of St. John the Baptist.

The exterior is plain in comparison with others since the Franciscans who constructed it wanted the building to emulate their faith in living a life of poverty to Saint Mark’s Basilica. The interior, however, is a different story. Inside you will all see works among other famous artists, and for a lower price than the city’s Venetian-art museums.

Points of Interest

The highlight of the Basilica and what’s going to draw your attention after you walk in are some paintings made by Titian: “Assumption of the Virgin”. It’s kept inside glass windows and is found next to in the altar.

Antonio Canova was a renowned 18-century Italian sculptor whose tomb was preserved and it draws attention from visitors as it was constructed by art students to honor him. Because it was built like a pyramid, it will surprise the crowd for its shape, its sculptures, and its size of the Basilica.

Beautiful Paintings are contained in the choir chapel by Bellini and Vivarini.

The basilica is available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 pm on Sundays. Admission is 3 euros (about $3.60) for adults and 1.50 euros (about $1.80) for students 29 and younger.

Speech: S. Polo, 3072
30125 Venice
Tel: +39 041 272 8611
Email: basilica@basilicadeifrari.it
FAX: +39 041 272 8690
Site: Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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