Venice: Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Video)

The Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars), known locally as i Frari, is the centerpiece of Franciscanism in Venice and one of the city's greatest churches. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary (Assunzione della Beata Virgine) and is notable for its many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art and monuments to Renaissance sculptors and artists. The Franciscans were granted land to build a church there in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took more than a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city, was completed in 1396. The Frari is built of brick in the Italian Gothic style. The exterior is deliberately plain in accordance with the Franciscan emphasis on poverty and austerity. Titian himself, who died of the plague in 1576, is buried in a monumental tomb in the church.

Day Footage - Oct. 08, 2010 
Videographer - Brandon M. Ortega