Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • 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.  more »
  • After the magnificence of the Camposanto, this lovely church looks incredibly small. It is located along the river, and used to be right by it before they decided to elevate it in order to preserve...  more »
  • Good place for kids. Not really much to see for adults and its overpriced at 7 euros to get in and play with oversized lego and sticks. Could be a lot better if the things were MORE interactive instead of being 2 wheels that spin when you turn the handle...
  • An interesting addition to our trip and walk around pisa. We were unable to go inside so cannot comment on that, but the outside shows some fantastic architecture. If you like this style of building and history then it is worth a view in person.
  • The church is on the river quite near to the center and is very pretty. I believe they are currently doing building work as we couldn't go inside (June 2019) and there was scaffolding on the outside so you couldn't see the two side ends. We weren't there on a Sunday so not sure if Sunday mass is still held in the church each week.
  • So cute, nice and quiet inside, right by the river. Some explication banners and some nice looking statues. Was a lovely treat to stumble upon
  • Surprising little church on the river in Pisan Gothic style. It's small size permits an up close and personal view of the architectural detail that you could not normally see.

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