Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

In this chapter we discuss one of the most important, glorious and sumptuous buildings in Venezia, the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

The Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, commonly called the Frari, is located on the homonymous Campo dei Frari in the San Polo district and represents the greatest expression of the Venetian Gothic, albeit devoid of flying buttresses, pinnacles, gargoyles and other typical elements of Gothic architecture. Dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, this monumental and welcoming basilica mixes different elements while maintaining great simplicity, although the interior is rich in Renaissance masterpieces.

Its history begins between 1222 and 1250 when followers of San Francesco d'Assisi, arrived in Venezia, asked architect Nicolò da Pisa to build a monastery and a church dedicated to the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Basilica, where you can breathe the spirituality evoked by St. Francis, today appears tall, luminous, imposing and all made of red brick.

Among the various works in its interior we find: the "altarpiece of the Assumption", "the Eternal between two angels, Virgin on the clouds, Apostles" by Tiziano, the revolutionary "Madonna of Ca 'Pesaro", which exalts the bishop's exploits Jacopo Pesaro, the "Enthroned Madonna with Child and Saints" by Giovanni Bellini, the "Madonna with Child" inside a carved and gilded frame by Paolo Veneziano and, finally, the wooden sculpture of "San Giovanni Battista" by Donatello. Because of its importance, in 1923, he received the title of minor basilica from Pope Pius XI.

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