Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina
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Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
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francien2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Holy Mary of the spine offers a great inside to mediaeval mankind. The building itself is devoted to one thorn..
Allegedly this was a thorn of the crown of Christ himself. But we will never know. The place has an exhibition on display demonstrating that the chips of wood allegedly belonging to the cross are enough to lay a railway track. Interesting to visit. And not hard to find.
Written October 5, 2020
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Martin K
Leeds, UK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Santa Maria della Spina church. Gothic architectural exemplar from XIV century, situated at the banks of Arno river. The name of the church allegedly derives from a relict that is kept within – a spike from the Jesus Christ crown-of-thorns. Unfortunately we were not able to get inside as due to Covid-19 church is currently closed.
Written October 10, 2020
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Gy0ngyi
Budapest, Hungary199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Conspicuously white, small church on the bank of Arno, on top of small, thin, Gothic turrets. It’s also special for me because I had seen just large Gothic churches. Opening hours: October to March: Tuesday-Sunday 10-14.; April to September: Tuesday-Friday 10-14 and 15-18 Saturday and Sunday 10-14 and 15-19. Closed on monday.
Written January 3, 2013
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Jeanette A
Island of Malta, Malta155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
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!
Written December 25, 2014
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sistergal2
Kailua, HI125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
George C from Toronto was right when he wrote that this little gem is “fairy tale beautiful.” I saw it from the bus on the way to the Leaning Tower and found it captivating to look at. I had no idea what in the world it was and why in the world it was situated by the river with seemingly no parking lot for easy accessibility. So I turned to my favorite source “Trip Advisor” and read all about it. I am disappointed that I never actually went to it but I feel like I have visited after reading all the comments. The exterior, the size, and the history make it a “must see” on another trip. I can imagine sitting inside without many visitors, praying and contemplating the meaning of life.
Written October 9, 2019
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AllyMac46
Worcester Park, UK24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
All locked up - we walked a long way to visit this. Should read the reviews first. No information regarding opening times at the church so didn't go back.
Written September 30, 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This tiny, but perfect gothic church on the banks of the Arno River has a long and vicious past. It was built in the 13th century but had to be moved higher in the 1800s because of the dangerous infiltration of the water from Arno. Supposedly, the reconstructed church is not exactly the same as the original was. What is even more painful to the believers that the thorn guarded in the church, which is supposedly derived from the crown of Christ, was moved to another temple. For us, visitors, it is probably more important that the charming beauty of this small but perfect church seemingly intact. Although it is now scaffolded, it is also worth checking out, because its beauty is even visible through the racks.
Written July 8, 2019
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brancusirocks
Rome, Italy616 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
Currently closed and covered in scaffolding, but you can still see some of the fine architectural details and sculptures on the outside. A little gem.
Written February 27, 2015
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Jean R
Namur, Belgium693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We hit upon this gem of a church, sited at the riverside. It has free access and is definitely worth a visit, inside and outside due to the magnificent sculptures adorning the walls.
Written March 6, 2020
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Edmond Marc d
Iroquois, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This beautiful Pisan gothic church, which reportedly had one of the thorns of Jesus crown, was moved from a lower level by the river to its current location, just overlooking the river. At sunset, the sunlight enters through the coloured glass windows for a truly magnificent effect.
Written March 5, 2020
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