Church of Santa Maria della Spina
Quot. Dante's river was transfigured, shining with brilliance as if the bank was lit by Beatrice's laughter, filled to the brim like an eternal plenitude that had no mouth but originated in the sea and poured into the heart of the pious city kneeling before the rectangular urn where it has kept a handful of holy land for centuries.
_ Madonna Pisa!
The great heron obeyed that sigh as he surmounted the pink river.
_ Pisa Madonna of the Burning Thorn!
A clear peace was in the air; but the lover's chest swelled with a fervour that was as severe as breathlessness. In all that light of joy it seemed that she felt the thorn of passion kept in the marble tabernacle and of prayer suspended on the bank, and that her blood revived the relic. She could no longer keep her soul in the lock of her bones, the rapture was so strong...
Gabriele D'Annunzio, Maybe yes, maybe no, 1910
Quot. The smallness of the dimensions, the exquisite execution and proportion of the construction justify, perhaps, the naive exclamation of a very fine and very rich English lady who said to her husband in front of the church of the Spina: “Please, love, buy me this beautiful little object and let's take it with us, I'd like to put it in our garden...
Marguerite Blessington, The idler in Italy, 1839
Via S. Antonio, 33
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina