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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 example...

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

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I think this is the most beautiful building in the whole of Pisa. The only downer was it was closed when we went past so we couldn't pop in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think this is the most beautiful building in the whole of Pisa. The only downer was it was closed when we went past so we couldn't pop in.

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Bristol, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the South bank of the river Arno which more or less divides Pisa in two. It's possibly the most elaborate church architecture per square metre in the world. Supposedly named after a thorn (spina) from the crown of thorns that they gave Jesus Christ before his execution - lovable chaps those Romans. This seems to have inspired the architect... More 

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Darwen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the most amazing sculpting. Caution - opening hours are 10-12 and 17-20, but it's worth the trip just to see the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Not a major walk from the leaning tower so well worth it. Stunning little church. As most people have said you can't go inside but it's so beautiful, it would be crazy to miss it if your in Pisa. The detail on the church is just amazing. Right by the river on a sunny day it's just perfect. On the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Just like most architecture in Italy this was one to definitely see - very beautiful, peaceful and easy to get to.

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Once again, at times, you feel as if Pisa is struggling to find things to interest it's visitors after they've seen the Tower. This is a pretty little church built on the side of the Arno. It didn't appear to be open when we passed so was only viewed from the outside.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

It's well worth walking past this little church on the way to the main attractions. It's a wonderful, if not tiny, little Gothic church built to house a thorn from Christ's crown. Interesting and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

It's a very small but intricate Church on the side of the River Arne. Couldn't see it from the inside and it got its name from the one Thorn of Jesus's Crown at the Crucifiction that is apparently kept here.

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Snetterton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We spotted this little place when at our hotel, walked past it while looking round the newer part of Pisa and it is a great looking little place.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

A rather weird little church with intricate external carvings. It's difficult to get a good look at the front because of its close proximity to a busy road and nearby streets/buildings.

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