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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa
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Lying on the bank of Pisa's Arno River, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina is one of Tuscany's finest Gothic churches. Although it was originally built in 1230, the church was dismantled and rebuilt on a higher level in 1871 because of water infiltration from the river. The church's name comes from a legend that a thorn belonging to the crown worn by Christ on the cross came here in 1933. The church's facade, with two gates, linteled arches, and several statues and sculptures, is much more ornate than the simple interior. Arrange to visit Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina and other attractions in Pisa using our Pisa vacation generator.
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  • as with so many other works of art is always closed. We had the good fortune to spend the hours of operation (from 16 to 17). The environment is bare but has its charm, both external and internal sculptures (the Madonna del latte) are copies. The originals are in the Museum of St. Matthew.
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  • Along the Arno, this church attracts attention, playing the Duomo of Milan, has been "moved" from its original home. The Interior is bare and tiny but is beautiful, unfortunately the urn containing the thorn from the Crown of Christ was removed and placed in St. Clare
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  • This Chapel is located at the edge of the Arno River is very beautiful, but it is only open at certain times (in the evening). But it's a staple of Pisa.
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  • Stunning architecture from the outside unfortunately like others have said you can't go inside but worth a visit whilst strolling the Arno.
  • Really cool church alongside the roads. The architecture used here is quite impressive with many different sculptures all over the place.
  • Sadly could not go inside. A wonderful site and easy to get to.
  • Great spot but don't reroute for it
  • Nice looking church on the edge of the river