I Frari

sights / Religious

I Frari information

Venice , Italy
Campo dei Frari
San Polo 3072
Getting there
Ferry: San Tomà
adult/reduced €3/1.50
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-6pm Sun
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A soaring Italian-brick Gothic church, I Frari's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child triptych in the sacristy and Longhena's creepy Doge Pesaro funereal monument. Upstaging them all, however, is the small altarpiece. This is Titian's lauded 1518 Assunta (Assumption), in which a radiant red-cloaked Madonna reaches heavenward, steps onto a cloud and escapes this mortal coil. Titian himself – lost to the plague in 1576 at the age 94 – is buried here near his celebrated masterpiece.

Consecrated in 1492, the current basilica was constructed by the Franciscans to replace a smaller church, built on land donated to the order by Doge Jacopo Tiepolo in 1231. The 12 round pillars running between the nave and aisles are said to represent the apostles.