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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 #9 of 43 Attractions in Pisa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
Owner description: Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
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Island of Malta, Malta
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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San Francisco, CA
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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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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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