Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

November 11, 2011 – Continuing the Guided Tour

This post includes images of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.  These images are a bit grainy and have been brightened, sharpened and denoised with software.  The only real lighting was natural light and we had no time to set up a tripod for long exposures.  I just pushed up the ISO and hoped for the best.

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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.