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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100 Pisa, Italy
39 050 910350
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Ranked #11 of 52 attractions in Pisa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We searched and joy of joys it was open exhibiting plumb bobs from the 2nd century to the present day. Get there from 5pm until the 26 July and you can see the interior of this wonderful building. My wife thought the exhibition was hilarious, she is a philstine!

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Billinge, Lancashire
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63 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Beautiful amazing architecture with statues and frescoes, This amazing little church on the banks of the River Arno (which basically cuts Pisa into two) The church was always closed when we wanted to visit. So alas we will have to visit Pisa again!

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Rome, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This amazing little church in the banks of the Arno was always closed when I wanted to visit But not this time, And also,a show on plums, since the roman times to now. Excellent...looking for the Vertical was its name.The church is amazing with statues and frescoes.

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Crete, Greece
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

From a distance on the other side of the Arno, it looks appealing and close-to the detail on the exterior is just amazing. So much work. Sadly the place was locked up and so we couldn't get in to have a look round. Maybe it's permanently locked?

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London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
92 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Lovely small Church on the bank of the Arno, with some impressive sculptures outside. However was closed so couldn't see the inside, which was a bit of a let down. Still worth going to see, if you enter Pisa by train then it's directly north of the train station and south of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Just head out the... More

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

We had to walk past this little church to get from our hotel to the city centre. As others have mentioned, it seems to be closed all the time. The hotel looked it up for us and gave us some times but it was still fermata. Fortunately the people setting up the exhibition happened along and reluctantly let us in.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Yes, Pisano decorated the exterior which is quite ornate, and the interior is relatively sparse and adorned by statues of women, the only Catholic church in which I've seen women. I haven't been in a while and to hear from fellow writers that it's usually closed is a shame. Coming across it by accident was much better than seeing the... More

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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Lovely from the outside but sadly was not open when we were there. Lots of the statues are actually in the museum near San Matteo church the opposite side of the river

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Naples, Florida
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162 reviews 162 reviews
56 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This tiny church was closed when we were there but the sight is still amazing -- like a miniature of one of the great churches. Most interesting point: it was disassembled stone by stone and reconstructed 3 meters (?) higher along the Arno to preserve it from flooding. It's one of those unusual places that will stay with you!

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Los Angeles
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122 reviews 122 reviews
54 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Imagine my surprise and delight to come upon this gorgeous little church sitting right on the side of the Arno River! I had not read about this church, and was not able to enter, but feasted my eyes instead on the incredible Gothic architecture. Whether or not you're able to go in, take a moment to admire the asymmetrical windows... More

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