Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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. Put Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina into our Pisa online trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pisa.
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  • Beautiful small church by the river on the way to central Pisa. Has a Chapel vibe. Worth visiting and taking pictures too 
    Beautiful small church by the river on the way to central Pisa. Has a Chapel vibe. Worth visiting and taking pictures too  more »
  • This little church is certainly surprising because of its location (it's not often you see a church positioned along a river). The gothic ornaments and the anomalous position for a church make it a... 
    This little church is certainly surprising because of its location (it's not often you see a church positioned along a river). The gothic ornaments and the anomalous position for a church make it a...  more »
  • a funny and completely overdone piece on the riverside, just worth a short stop when strolling along the Arno banks. 
    a funny and completely overdone piece on the riverside, just worth a short stop when strolling along the Arno banks.  more »
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  • It's a rare gothic church that can be found in Italy. The church is right by the river. I honestly love the fact that the road and path pass by it shows the importance of the preservation of cultural heritage. Compared to the exterior the interior is quite bland but nonetheless, the church is a masterpiece. Fun fact the former name of this church is Santa Maria di Pontenovo, named after a fallen bridge which was never rebuilt.
  • It is a beautiful little church, full of history and amazing architecture. We went in as there was an exhibition taking place by an infamous artist. I had been living there before but never seen the doors open. Definitely worth a quick walk around should you get the opportunity.
  • Nice little church on the way to Leaning tower of Pisa..Great view along the river.
  • Nice baby face.
  • Away from all the hype of Pisa itself is this stunning place.... You need to cross over the bridge near the river to get the true beauty of the building. It's a gem in an otherwise simple river street

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