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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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  • The church is beautiful from the outside and has an interesting history which can be found on a plaque outside the door of the church. Entrance is currently (June 2017) €2, in which you get another in...  more »
  • This church is sat by the side of the river and looks like it's just been plonked there! It is very clean and fancy but looks out of place sat there all by itself!  more »
  • It's a nice little church right next to the river. It's used to display art exhibitions now so it cost me €2 to go inside. The exhibit was pretty weird. The architecture is beautiful and very intricat...  more »
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  • The church is marvelous. I wander how did they make it all by hand from marble? It is great from the outside but you have to pay to see it from inside.
  • The municipality website advertised a free entrance which actually was not. The church is wonderful outside, but the exposition inside was disappointing. There was not enough information about the church and the exposed artist. This gives the feel of a superficial organization. It was only 2 € but it would have been better to spend them in ice cream.
  • Stunning architecture from the outside unfortunately like others have said you can't go inside but worth a visit whilst strolling the Arno.
  • Interesting gothic church on the riverside in Pisa
  • Really cool church alongside the roads. The architecture used here is quite impressive with many different sculptures all over the place.