Basilica dei Frari, also known as Frari church, is one of the most important religious buildings in Venice. The church is much loved by the Venetians not only for the great works of art it holds, but also because it is still the heart of a very active parish so that sometimes the religious celebrations may preclude cultural visits.
The Frari church is an impressive example of Venetian Gothic architecture, and the works for its construction date back to XIII and XIV centuries. I love it firstly because it’s located in an area, San Polo, which is very lively and frequented by residents and students. Then, architecturally speaking, it is impossible not to be charmed by this huge building and to seek the best place to take a picture (tip: cross the bridge).
However, my favorite is the interior. Once inside, I feel the history of the Serenissima Republic of Venice all around me: every corner reveals a piece of its history. In fact, the church contains many works of art of great value, including two paintings by Titian who is among the most important Venetian artists of all times and is buried in the church, a triptych by Giovanni Bellini that is considered one of the masterpieces of Venetian painting of the ‘400, and a wooden statue by Donatello. Yet my absolute favorite is the pyramidal funerary monument to Antonio Canova made by his students and based on some of his originals drawings.
An art lover couldn’t ask for more!