Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei FrariThe Basilica is an example of Gothic architecture, unique in its sheer height.  It is, after the Basilica of San Marco, one of the largest churches in Venice and it is also an important centre for Franciscan monks in Italy.
For the wealth of artistic works it is also amongst the top churches in Venice along with St Giovanni and Paolo.

It is recognisable as an example of Gothic-Franciscan architecture and unique in its size.  It has three naves and seven chapels in its apses.  It has a three formed entrance with a rose window in the centre.  
The bell tower dates form the 1300s and is one of the tallest in the city.

The church inside is vast and magestic with three naves and towering arches.  It houses some of the most important Renaissance art works. 
Among them are the triptych – the Madonna and Saints by Bellini (1488) considered one of the greatest Venetian works of art of the 1400s.  There is the Assumption by Titian in his later years (1516 -1518) and painted on request for the main altar, Titian’s famous Madonna di Ca’Pesaro (1526) and Donatello’s statue of St John the Baptist (around 1450).
Useful information:

Visiting times:  Weekdays 9.00-6.00 Sunday 1.00-6.00
Closed  25th e 26th December, 1st January, 6th January, Easter and 15th  August
Closed Sundays in July and August.
Mass times: weekdays 8.30 and  6.30; Sundays 9 - 10.30 - 12 - 6.30
Entrance fee for visits:  € 3
Address: Campo dei Frari, 3072 San Polo cap 30125 - Venezia
Telephone: +39 0412728611
Boat line Actv: boat stop S. Tomà

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