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Santa Maria della Spina
18-JUL-2011 Dick Keely

Santa Maria della Spina

Pisa, Italy

Santa Maria della Spina is a small Gothic church in the Italian city of Pisa. The church, erected in 1230, was originally known as Santa Maria di Pontenovo: the new name of Spina ("thorn") derives from the presence of a thorn allegedly part of the crown dressed by Christ on the Cross, brought here in 1333. In 1871 the church was dismantled and rebuilt on a higher level due to dangerous inflitration of water from the Arno river: the church was slightly altered in the process, however.
The church is one of the most outstanding Gothic edifices of Europe: it has a rectangular plant, with an external facing wholly composed of marble, laid in polychrome bands. The exterior appearance is marked by cusps, tympani and tabernacles, together with a complicated sculpture decoration with tarsiae, rose-windows and numerous statues from the main Pisane artists of the 14th century.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II ,Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1/320s f/11.0 at 26.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Melanmo15-Aug-2011 13:17
Brilliant capture!
Pete Hemington02-Aug-2011 21:39
A great church taken so well
Santi Bravo Figueras02-Aug-2011 17:02
Well done! I like the bike ;^)
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad02-Aug-2011 13:55
Magnificent little church and a wonderful depiction. V
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