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Santa Maria della Spina

Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100 Pisa, Italy
39 050 910350
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Ranked #8 of 48 attractions in Pisa
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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Los Angeles
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117 reviews 117 reviews
52 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This beautiful little chapel, on one bank of the River Arno, was built to house what was believed to be one of the thorns from Christ's crown of thorns. The road has to depart from the river bank to go round it, so it's easy to veiw the exterior, but we were disappointed that it was closed & there was... More

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porto venere, Italia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The exquisite church of Santa Maria della Spina is one of the prettiest fairy-tale churches in Italy. Designed in classic Pisan Gothic style, the building dates back to 1230, with Gothic enlargements in the 1350s. Originally, the building sat close to the river, and it was moved up to its present site on the riverside walkway in 1871. The interior... More

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London, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
84 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Visited here on a day trip from Florence. Was disappointed as although it was a beautiful building it was not open and not signage to say if and when it was. The guide books rated it highly due to having an apparent thorn from Christs crown.

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scarboro north yorks
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10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We managed to find this beautiful little church we spied it from the main bridge over the Arno we crossed and walked along the riverside to the next bridge and crossed back to it. The architecture was awesome. We would have liked to have gone in as there is supposed to be one of the thorns from the crown of... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Don't pass by this little cathedral, we stopped by it at sunset, and God, how amazed we were. The sun over the Arno river and the colourful buildings nearby contrasted beautifully with the building's facade.

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Los Angeles, California
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26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a tiny church built to house a thorn ('spina') from the Crown of Thorns. Its façade is viewable when crossing the Arno on the Ponte Solferino. We stopped to see it while walking from the train station up to the Campo dei Miracoli, and were so glad to have done so! There is something perfect about the little... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We passed by this lovely little church walking back to the train station after climbing the tower. Its so pretty right on the river that we just had to stop in.

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San Francisco
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141 reviews 141 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This beautiful building is easy to miss, but worth the walk. The Gothic features of the little church are exemplified by sculptures on the facade. Every character is rendered in exquisite detail. It's the surprise art treat that most tourists miss.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

An architectural gem but difficult for the tourist to access. Non the less, look at the detail. Note the wonderful detail, keeping in mind the relic from the crown of thorns is supposedly inside. Then cross the bridge and look back at the river that once was home to the largest navy in Italy. Enjoy.

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