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“small church”(9 reviews)
Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100, Pisa, Italy
+39 050 910350
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the banks of the Arno (was moved to here as it was originally much closer to the river), this tiny gem seems out of place. The very ornate outside contrasts with the simple plain interior. Definitely worth a look if strolling along the river.

Thank ConradVictor
Reviewed 15 October 2018

The small church was known as the Pontenovo church because of the new bridge that existed nearby but was never rebuilt after it collapsed in the 15th century. It was later named after the part of the Jesus’ crown of thorns that was brought here...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 21 September 2018

When you are just walking along the river, you will just "meet" this amazing piece of art. Nothing hype around this church, but there should be, because it's just so amazing, detailed, and it caught your eyes. Inside, it was surprising for us because lots...More

Thank Linkin55
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely, simple church but nothing to it. I suppose the way religious prayer was meant to be, simple and modest but as a tourist its not overly worth going to. But if you are walking by, step in as its free and something to...More

Thank gerardmck365
Reviewed 26 August 2018

If you're in Pisa, make sure to stop at this little church. The architecture is beautiful and reminded me of some of the churches in Florence because of the colors. It is right on the Arno River and easy to get to from most locations.

Thank Portia82104
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely church which is no longer consecrated. Makes a nice stop along the river to take in its Gothic beauty.

Thank tamaletown
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Small but beautiful church on the south bank of the Arno. Gothic in style with a very ornate exterior. Closed when we visited.

Thank Roskers
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

A very ornate, little gothic church right on the edge of the Arno river originally constructed in the 13th century and then dismantled and raised to a higher point on the river bank in the 19th century. Worth looking over the spectacular and intricate exterior...More

Thank inoble
Reviewed 19 July 2018

On the river bank you can see this little marble church. It is full with carvings, just you can not go inside. But an excellent photo opportunity.

Thank 545medva
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Passed by this tiny church, set on the bank of the River Arno to the right of the Solferino Bridge as we walked from the train station to the Leaning Tower. It is very beautiful and the carvings on the walls amazing so much like...More

Thank 318tonyg318
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