Church of the Friars Minor : Michelin's recommendations
The "Frari" are the Frati Minori, which means the Friars Minor, a kind of Franciscan monks. Immense, the style of this church reminds us of the Dominican churches, Saint Zanipolo that is in away its counterpart.Flanked by a bell tower that is 70 m tall (the tallest after Saint Mark), this Gothic style building stands out for its sheer size no matter which angle you see it from. The three-part facade ornamented with three rose windows carved out of Istria stone, has a portal that is topped by statues executed by Alessandro Vittoria and Bartolomeo Bon. But you will actually enter the church through a side door, where you should be sure to notice the fine detail of the tympanum statues. Once inside, there is no doubt that you will be impressed upon discovering its three naves dominated by an intertwining of beams located under the ribbed vaulting. Of course, it has a number of works of art that make it a museum-church. The monument to Canova, could only be of a Neoclassical style, as it was designed by the sculptor himself... though for Titian! You will also see Titian's painting that dominates the altar of la Madonna de Ca' Pesaro and above all, the extraordinary Assumption, the highlight of this church! An amusing fact is that there are only eleven Apostles, which rather amazed the good friars... Among the other works, do not miss a marvelous Triptych by Giovani Bellini with a certain caring touch; Titian's mausoleum, which was finally completed in the 19th C.; the 124 finely carved stalls in the axial chapel, and the Byzantine sarcophagus of the doge Francesco Dandolo.
Opening hours :
- 9am-6pm, Sun and Bank Hols 1pm-6pm (last admission 5.30pm) - closed 1 Jan, Easter, 15 Aug, 25 Dec
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