Far from the crowds, the Sestiere of San Polo, a magnificent monumental complex houses some of Venice’s greatest artistic masterpieces.
The great Gothic church of Santa Maria Gloriosa, known as the “Frari,” boasts great artistic wealth. The 15th-century marble screen separating the nave from the chancel frames Titian’s spectacular Assumption of Mary, while Giovanni Bellini’s gilded triptych graces the altar in the sacristy chapel.
The original choir stalls, exquisitely carved in wood and embellished with inlays and gilding, are among the church’s many works of sculpture. Other sculptural masterpieces include Donatello’s St. John the Baptist and numerous funerary monuments to the doges, military leaders, and artists of Venice.
Among the most famous monuments in this unofficial Venetian pantheon are the tombs of Titian and Canova and the famous composer Claudio Monteverdi. The superb quality of the works of art, still placed in their original surroundings, make this church a true treasure of Venetian history and art.