This is an enormous, plain Gothic church in San Polo. The doors are an elaborate construction of Renaissance design. The Campanile, at 80m (262') is only slightly smaller than the city’s largest - San Marco. The interior matches the exterior. It is roomy with plenty of space to house its magnificent treasures. You might want to attend one of the many concerts held here. It will give you an idea of the size and grandeur of the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa Frari, even when occupied.
The church, nicknamed “I Frari”, has a lavish interior. Santa Maria Gloriosa Frari boasts some of the city’s finest work. It certainly can lay claim to one of the more unique tombs. Canova originally designed a Neo-classical tomb for Titian. It took the shape of a pyramid. When he died, his students copied it for his tomb. This marble structure stands as a monument to Canova as do several other tombs within the confines of this church. You might want to examine the Foscari Monument. It holds the relics of Doge Foscarai (1423-1457). There is also an excellent rood screen from 1475. It was carved by Pietro Lombardo and Bartolomeo Bon. If you have time, be sure to admire the intricately carved bas reliefs of the monk’s choir (1468). The stalls feature scenes of Venetian city life. Afterwards, wander around the square before returning home to your rustic cheap hotel in Venice, the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari within sight for a return trip.
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