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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

Address: Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100 Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 39 050 910350
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Ranked #14 of 113 things to do in Pisa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest...
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
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Rome, Italy
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307 reviews 307 reviews
75 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Currently closed and covered in scaffolding, but you can still see some of the fine architectural details and sculptures on the outside. A little gem.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This tiny little church, covered in more decorations than a wedding cake, sits on the banks of the Arno river which flows through Pisa. If you are walking from Pisa Centrale railway station up to the Piazza dei Miracoli (to see the leaning tower) then it is on the way. It's such an unexpected sight, so miniature and yet so... More 

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Grenoble, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Read a lot about this small but elegant church. So, when were on Pisa, we were quite eager to see it. But unfortunately it is undergoing restoration. But whatever we could see from outside looked nice. It is placed right along the Arno which adds to the view.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

this was a must see during my visit in Pisa, but unfortunately for me it was undergoing restoration in December, 2014. I still got to see bits here and there and I would still strongly suggest it. It is a charming Gothic church just beside the river, rich of history and complicated sculpture decoration!

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Almere, The Netherlands
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194 attraction reviews
357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Santa Maria della Spina is a small but very beautiful church located right at the Arno River in Pisa. Pisa is mostly known for its Leaning Tower, but this remarkable tiny church is worth a closer look. It was built in 1230 and originally named Santa Maria di Pontenovo after the bridge that was just beside it at that time.... More 

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Toulouse, France
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Well worth the visit to spend time looking the art and marble. The peace and tranquility was marvelous allowing us time for contemplation.

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Krakow, Poland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I spent more time in this church than in many bigger churches. It just has so many nice small paintings, statues and things to see that don't pale in contract to each other. There is no big altarpiece here, just a lot of nice things to see. This opens up the mind to explore all the wonders this church has... More 

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Rijswijk, Holland
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A pity that the Santa Maria della Spina was under construction (nothing mentioned on the internet). So instead of a beautiful little church along the Arno, it looked like a sad heap of stone with nothing to offer. I hope that you will be luckier when you get there to admire this little gem both on the outside and on... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wonderful art, but the brochures and explanations that are in English are almost incomprehensible - a strong recommendation to the Italian authorities - give them more support!!

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's a nice old church, free to view, didn't get to go inside but it great to read the history also written in English.

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