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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 severe forms of Romanesque Gothic decorations rich and elegant, beautiful Windows within (empty) on fuome. originally it stood directly on the riverbank.
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  • Very pretty. White on the outside and rich on the inside. Many details that should be appreciated. Stay a while sitting admiring. There are interesting things to admire and learn about.
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  • The Church takes its name "the plug" when in 1333 welcomed the relic of a thorn from the Crown of Christ (now exposed in the Church of Saint Clare). A jewel of the Pisan Gothic, was opened to the public after recent renovations, and inserted into the National Museum system, which allows for a single ticket to visit all the museums and monuments of the commune of Pisa. The visit allows you to admire the Interior of the Church where they keep the beautiful Madonna della Rosa by Andrea and Nino Pisano, the other furnishings remained in the Church and the temporary exhibitions that are hosted.
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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