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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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  • Beautiful and chiseled as a refined embroidery although view alone IE not in context, but saw you there where he is, on the embankment, is a surprise: her beauty is enhanced. See you both at close range (on the South) both from lungarno opposite (North side). I recommend seeing it in late spring and summer before dark because, if the West horizon is cloudy, light orange and pink sunset. Not always open as at events and exhibitions.
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  • walking along the Arno, we found this gem. the church stands on the sidewalk and is leaning against the wall bordering the river. seems out of place but it's very pleasant this contrast.
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  • Tiny Church but great story to go with it.When we visited it it also had an unusual display of boats made out of bees wax!  more »
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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