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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 Church is located along the Arno but do you really have to struggle to understand why it was built so out of context because it is situated (basically) on what should be on the sidewalk. Especially with the evening light appears nearly lucubre, but approaching you can admire its beauty. Absolutely worth visiting.
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  • Small Gothic church which once stood at a lower level, almost on the banks of the Arno. In the 19th century was dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt to its present location. Very nice exterior, as well as the Interior. It was built to accommodate one of the thorns in the Crown of Christ. Currently is desecrated and hosts various exhibitions (subject to charges). Inside is the shrine that contained the plug, now transferred to another Church. Definitely worth seeing!
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  • It is a small church that is not very mentioned in the world. It is quite small, and it is as left adrift by the River, but it is richly adorned. Could spend all the day watching every one of its details.
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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