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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa
(4.1/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • is it really worth making a quick stop at this church and read her story. Sundown lights reflecting on the lungarno make it look impressive.
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  • The view from afar, standing out among the other buildings of the lungarno. Beautiful albeit small. We could not visit it because on that day was closed.
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  • Externally is really beautiful church, internally instead is dramatically empty. The church opens at 16.00 pm, I don't know if it is possible to visit every morning.
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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