Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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East front with the bell tower.
High altar showing Titian's Assumption
Choir stalls by Marco Cozzi

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption (Italian: Assunzione della Beata Virgine).

The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396.

The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. As with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice.

The Frari is a parish church of the Vicariate of San Polo-Santa Croce-Dorsoduro. The other churches of the parish are San Barnaba, San Ludovico Vescovo, Santa Maria del Soccorso and Santa Margherita.

Titian, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school of painting, is interred in the Frari.

Works of art[edit]

Funerary monuments[edit]

Monument to Antonio Canova in the Frari, originally designed by Canova for the tomb of Titian

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Coordinates: 45°26′12″N 12°19′34″E / 45.43667°N 12.32611°E / 45.43667; 12.32611