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"S. Maria della Spina" Pisa Off The Beaten Path Tip by Azhut

Pisa Off The Beaten Path: 104 reviews and 203 photos

  Lungarno and Santa Maria della Spina
by Azhut

The small Church of Santa Maria della Spina is a remarkable example of Pisan Gothic. It was built in 1230 on the banks of the river Arno next to an important bridge, called Ponte Novo, that used to join the streets Santa Maria and Sant’Antonio. The bridge was destroyed during the 15th century and was never rebuilt. Being the church close to the bridge, it was given the name of Santa Maria de Pontenovo, changed in 1333 to Santa Maria della Spina, when it preserved the reliquary of a thorn of the Saviour’s crown (spina = thorn). Today the reliquary is in the church of Santa Chiara.

OPENING HOURS to visit the Church

January, February,  November, December:
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:  10 am until 2 pm.
Every second Sunday of the month: 10 am until 7 pm

March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October, : on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and  2:30 pm until  6 pm,
on Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm
16th June: 11 am until 1,30 pm. and 2,30 pm. until 11 pm.

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2004
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