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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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  • A church stuck at the edge of the Arno and the road but frankly from the outside is worth it! Lace, white and pure, a remarkable work. However I was disappointed from the inside, sober, empty, a beautiful ceiling of course but that's it. However the visit was free when I visited it unlike other travelers on July 18.
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  • One of the oldest Italian city boasts a fantastic group we also called the Miracles ' square back in a heap on the Baptist Chapel, the leaning tower and the Duomo. The Roman-style building with columns and arches, while the Muslim influence reflected in the rites of war limit catches. They are formed by the combination of features. Old camposanto cemetery and been used as a local destination of 13. in the 17th century. In fact, a simple square building, which is in the middle of a Green Garden is a colonnaded open-air corridor. Supposed to be the land of the Holy Land were added, but there are relatively less Roman sarcophagi and old statues. The people will be walking but a walk in the fear of sirokon.
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  • what an absolutely small but glorious church - especially outside ! it just looks like an overdone wedding cake but close up there is just so much to see and admire - the stone work is absolutely beau...  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.

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