Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Santa María Gloriosa dei Frari, commonly known as los Frari, is in our opinion the most impressive church in Venice, its unassuming exterior hiding a majestic interior.

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the largest churches in Venice, and is only surpassed by the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

The Basilica is commonly known as the Frari. It’s plain and expressionless exterior contrasts with its majestic interior. The construction of the church took nearly one hundred years to build and was completed in the mid-fifteenth century. Its bell tower dates from the fourteenth century and is the second tallest campanile in Venice.

Points of interest

The highlight of the Basilica and what will draw your attention as soon as you walk into the temple is a painting by Titian called “Assumption of the Virgin”. It is situated in the main altar surrounded by stained glass windows.

Other points of interest include the tomb dedicated to Antonio Canova (Canova was an eighteenth century Italian sculptor). The burial monument was built by the artist’s students. It will surprise the Basilica’s visitors for its monumental size, its sculptures and its shape since it was built like a pyramid. 

The choir chapel contains beautiful paintings by Vivarini and Bellini.

Our opinion

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the most surprising churches in Venice. Its architecture, number of sculptures and artwork that it contains make it one of the top attractions in Venice and well worth visiting.


Every day: from 9 am until 6 pm.
Sundays: 1 pm until 6 pm.


Adults: 3 (US$ 3.20)
Students under 30: 1.50 (US$ 1.60)
children under 11: free entry
Chorus Pass: free entry


Water Bus: S.Tomà, lines 1, 2 and N.

Nearby places

Scuola Grande di San Rocco (121 m) Ca' Rezzonico (373 m) San Polo (419 m) Church of San Barnaba (452 m) Ponte dei Pugni (474 m)