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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100 Pisa, Italy
39 050 910350
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Ranked #10 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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San Francisco, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I saw this church on one of Rick Steve's travel shows to Italy. Well worth the stop as your crossing over the river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Incredible carvings. It is so beautiful right on the river. Unbelievable that it survived the second word war. There are bullet holes in the structure still remaining. Very beautiful and very small. Worth a quick stop while in Pisa

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This church is very small but a spectacular building. The work on it is amazing, its very close to the river. Unfortunate for us it was closed when we visited but well worth a visit just to look at the outside.

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albuquerque, NM, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Of all the churches that I visited while in Italy, this is by far, the most memorable. It is also the cutest church I've ever seen. It appears tiny when looking at the buildings that dwarf it just across the street. It has a gorgeously intricate gothic facade that seems quite whimsical and reminds me of the stories found in... More

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Stockholm
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It sounds ironical but despite the small size, this church looks grandeous because of its beauty and style. It was one attraction I did not see from inside, but its outer beauty is enough to impress me.

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Leicester
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17 helpful votes 17 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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59 helpful votes 59 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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