A Gothic style church with a simple exterior that is in stark contrast with the stunning interior, famous art and Donatello's first documented work.

Know Before You Go

Titian's Assumption is the absolute star of this fine church, however, the choral stalls, and the fact that Donatello's first documented work in Venice is here should pique your curiosity enough to cross the canal.
San Polo and St Mary's of the Friars is easily reached by Vaporetto across the Grand Canal.
Visit early in the day to avoid the tour crowds.
Check the times for mass as you may not be able to walk around freely.
If your child is in the choir or has an interest in art, they will love this.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars is situated in the San Polo district of Venice. It was established in around 1250 when the Franciscans were allowed land to construct the church. Work began but was not completed for over a century, it is one of the city's Italian Gothic style churches.

Simple exterior, stunning interior

The simple exterior of the church is a stark contrast to the stunning interior within. The interior is a marvel with the high altar showing a grand portrait of Titian's Assumption and artwork by Giambattista Pittoni. Figures by Donatello of St. John the Baptist and Bellini's Madonna and Child ensure this church is firmly on the visiting map.

The Basilica is worth making the trip across the canal for the artwork alone, a spectacular and grand Gothic interior awaits with intricate choral stalls and stunning features throughout. The colours in the grand portrait of the high altar of Titian's Assumption completely awe-inspiring.

Key Highlights

This simple brick building is one of the 3 Gothic style churches in Venice. Inside though, it has significant art and the only rood screen still existing in any Venice church.

It is the resting place of Titian, who dominated the Venetian school of painting. There are also a few Doges interred here. Anyone interested in art or gothic architecture should not miss this basilica.

Read more about Donatello's connection to the church, and other highlights.

Map : Basilica dei Frari

Other Venice Top 10 Attractions Near Basilica dei Frari are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Basilica dei Frari
AttractionDistance
Scuola Grande di San Rocco0.1 Km
Grand Canal0.4 Km
Gallerie dell Accademia0.7 Km
Teatro la Fenice0.7 Km
Saint Mark's Basilica1.1 Km
Doge's Palace1.1 Km
Bridge of Sighs1.2 Km
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore1.5 Km
Murano3.2 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Basilica dei Frari:

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