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. Put Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina at the forefront of your travel plans using our Pisa online trip builder .
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  • Church of Santa Maria della Spina is located on the waterfront of the left bank of the Arno River, near the bridge Ponte Solferino, in the western part of the city. If you go along the banks of the Lungarno Gambacorti left along the River, it soon will see this amazingly beautiful little white church façade which contrasts sharply with the colorful waterfront buildings. It was built in the style of the leaning Gothic in 1230 was originally about Ponte Novo (Ponte Novo), which does not exist for a long time. Proximity to bridge identified her name is Santa Maria di Pontenovo. But in the year 1333 brought here a relic-thorn thorns of Christ, and the Church was renamed Santa Maria della Spina (spina-thorn). Thorn here is long gone, but the name remained. Flooding caused by the river spill, often damaging the Church, and in the 15th century, it has undergone several restorations. So at the end of the 19th century the temple was dismantled and built anew, but raised a meter higher. Especially the excellently looks the main façade of the Church is decorated with many sculptures and openwork ornamental details. Many of the sculptures, incidentally, made in the workshop of Nino Pisano, when transferring the buildings were replaced with copies. Entry fee with us nobody. I must say that the Interior more than modestly, and spent a little time to explore. The only room with simple arched columns, virtually empty. It is decorated with only a few statues, including John the Baptist and St. Peter, as well as a masterpiece of Gothic sculpture-Madonna with child (Madonna della Rosa) joint work of Andrea and Nino Pisano, fulfilled in the 1345-1348. The Church is open daily from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00. If you get into overtime-don't feel bad enough to see the appearance of this wonderful Temple.
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  • Built on the left bank of the Arno this little church is a gem of Gothic architecture. Beautiful on the outside and beautiful inside. Today you can visit for free. Must for anyone walking from Pisa.
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  • There are many churches in Pisa, some almost hidden and some are really very nice. This stands for the view from a distance because of its location at the edge of the River Arno. It seems almost impossible that a church may have been built there but ... is a whole story to tell. Beautiful outside, gorgeous inside.
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  • Just nice and intresting place to go by , you can see the beatiful curves thats made all around , very beatiful and authentic place.
  • historical building. church. Nice place, Small but straightforward to the eyes, for its exterior marble sculptures and for its position near the riverbank. The temple was erected in 1230 by the Gualandi family, originally called Santa Maria di Pontenovo, due to the bridge connecting via Sant'Antonio to Via Santa Maria, collapsed in the fifteenth century. The name Spina derives from the fact that it retained a plug that would have been part of the crown worn by Jesus at his crucifixion and carried here in 1333 but kept from the nineteenth century in the church of Santa Chiara. In 1322 the town council decided to expand its work in 1323 and finished before 1376, probably under the direction of Francis's Wolf.
  • Small but beautiful and what a great setting by the river.
  • Very nice from the outside. Cool that's it's just in the middle of the sidewalk. Amazing details, great architecture. Good photo op.
  • Excellent monument of medieval culture and architecture. You have to buy a ticket to get in. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
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