Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

#5 of 51 in Historic Sites in Pisa
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Lying on the bank of Pisa's Arno River, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina is one of Tuscany's finest Gothic churches. Although it was originally built in 1230, the church was dismantled and rebuilt on a higher level in 1871 because of water infiltration from the river. The church's name comes from a legend that a thorn belonging to the crown worn by Christ on the cross came here in 1933. The church's facade, with two gates, linteled arches, and several statues and sculptures, is much more ornate than the simple interior. Put Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina into our Pisa online trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pisa.
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  • This little church is certainly surprising because of its location (it's not often you see a church positioned along a river). The gothic ornaments and the anomalous position for a church make it a...  more »
  • a funny and completely overdone piece on the riverside, just worth a short stop when strolling along the Arno banks.  more »
  • Good place for kids. Not really much to see for adults and its overpriced at 7 euros to get in and play with oversized lego and sticks. Could be a lot better if the things were MORE interactive instead of being 2 wheels that spin when you turn the handle...
  • An interesting addition to our trip and walk around pisa. We were unable to go inside so cannot comment on that, but the outside shows some fantastic architecture. If you like this style of building and history then it is worth a view in person.

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