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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

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Address: Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100, Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 39 050 910350
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Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest...

Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.

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Fabulous looking church alongside the Arno River. The church is probably one of the most outstanding Gothic edifices ever but, unfortunately, I couldn’t see much or even look... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
David S
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fabulous looking church alongside the Arno River. The church is probably one of the most outstanding Gothic edifices ever but, unfortunately, I couldn’t see much or even look inside because it’s currently undergoing major restoration work. So disappointing not to be able to see all its glory.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small place but it is built wonderful lots of views and not to difficult to find. We were unable to get inside to see it but as it was by the canal. Nice to see

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This looked like an interesting attraction so we decided to stop by. It is actually on a busy street with no parking near by. It is closed for renovation. The picture is also somewhat deceptive. It is actually a very small building: about 13m x 13m. It is cute but may or may not be worth the hassle of finding... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Surrounded in scaffolding in Sept 15, but still interesting from the outside.can be easily reached via the left hand road from the rail staton to the tower. Also just by a bridge over the Arno.

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Sliema, Malta
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Ciao Florence Tours really let us down by not booking or reserving the FREE tickets required to see the interior of this building. We were told only 15 minutes before arriving after travelling from Florence. Likewise the leaning Tower... Hopeless.

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Lelant, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Liked... the location & the history of the building. Shame it was our turn to encounter scaffolding all over it... but understand these places have to be looked after with major preservation work at some time. Thank you Pisa.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A tiny church covered in scaffolding right now. But we've visited several times in the past and you should check the web sites to see when the cleaning is complete. You won't be going to Pisa for Santa Maria della Spina so you might check when you cross the Arno on the way to the Duomo and the Torre --... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The entire church was covered in plastic sheets and metal scaffolding when we visited in mid-July. All entrances were also blocked so we couldn't even peep inside to have a look. Very disappointing as the story about the church was so interesting. Maybe on another visit then...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Church of Santa Maria della Spina on the River Arno was erected in 1230 and allegedly houses a piece of thorn from part of Christ’s crown of thorns brought here in 1333, or so the story goes. Unfortunately there are extensive renovations being carried out and we were unable to see it in all its glory, but have managed... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The whole church is covered in scaffolding. Not worth a visit. I think you can still go inside, however

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