Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

Pisa Santa Maria Della Spina front (www.free-city-guides.com)

Set alongside the river, you’ll find this tiny church perched on the bank in central Pisa. From the outside, it’s the gothic architecture that’s fascinating with carved images all over it.  Inside, it houses a thorn which is said to be from Christ’s crown!  The church dates back to 1230 and will only take you 20 minutes to visit, but we found it really interesting.  This is an extract from our free Pisa City Guide.

Pisa Santa Maria Della Spina windows (www.free-city-guides.com)

The gothic windows at Santa Maria della Spina

The tiny inside of the church is so much simpler than the outside, but it’s still enjoyable to have a look around.  There’s no doubt though that the big attraction of the building is the gothic outside.  Some say it’s one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Europe!  Also, don’t be too quick to just glance at the carvings.  Instead, spend a little time pouring your eyes over all of the detail and you’ll find yourself wondering just how long it all took!   Even the ‘simple’ features, like the face below have a complicated carved border.

Admission to the church of Santa Maria della Spina is 1.50 Euros (2011 prices) and it is open
November to February:  Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 2pm.  Every second Sunday of the month: 10am until 7pm
March to October:  Tuesday to Fridays: 10am to 1.30 pm and  2.30pm to  6pm,
on Saturdays and Sundays: 10am until 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm until 7.00 pm.

Pisa Santa Maria Della Spina face (www.free-city-guides.com)

One of the carved faces at Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

LOCATION & CONTACT

Address: Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Lungarno Gambacorti Centro, Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)50 561799

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