The Churches of Venice: Frari Church

by | Mar 1, 2016

Piazzale Roma is a square in Venice and forms the entrance to the city. A short walk from Piazzale Roma led us to the beautiful red brick building that is the Frari Church. It is a tall, solid piece of Italian Gothic architecture. Its full name is the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

 

THE EXTERIOR

 

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Entrance door. The scale speaks for itself.

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Side entrance façade.

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Venetian Gothic window.

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Standing like a fortress with activity all around.

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Rounded transept.

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Transept.

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Green and Red.

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Columns of windows framed by all the green. Italian colours for sure!

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The exterior is a solemn red brick affair which lends an air of stability. The scale is large and the only interruptions to the bricks are the windows, rather plain by Venetian standards. The interior is also quite sober with artwork and sculpture. There is a lot of use of wood, especially in the Choir of the Monks.

What it lacks in ostentatiousness, it makes up for in its grand scale.

 

THE INTERIOR

 

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The main chapel.

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The narthex. Love the understated colours.

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Sculptures in the side chapels.

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Various characters from the Bible.

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The high altar hosting ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ by Italian Renaissance artist Titian. It is the largest altarpiece in the city.

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The high altar and side chapels from the nave.

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Hidden minimalism. Quite avant garde I must say!

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What a beauty!

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Altar at the transept.

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The transept interiors. Cool in that blazing summer afternoon heat.

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Belief.

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The humbling scale.

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Transept altar.

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Entrance to the high altar.

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The fluid sculpture!

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What is a Gothic church without stained glass?

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Illumination.