City Of San Marino, San Marino

City of San Marino

San Marino is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. Its size is just over 61 km2 with an estimated population of over 30000. The capital is the City of San Marino. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.

City of San Marino, San Marino According to the history, Saint Marinus left the island of Rab/today Croatia/ with his friend Leo and went to Rimini. Shortly after he moved to the nearby Monte Titano, where he built a small church and founded what is now the city and state of San Marino.
City of San Marino, San Marino During Italian unification process in the 19th century, San Marino served as a shelter for many people persecuted because of their support for unification. In recognition of this support Giuseppe Garibaldi respected the wish of San Marino not to be incorporated into the new Italian state. During World War I San Marino remained neutral.
Nowadays San Marino is the world’s smallest republic.
City of San Marino, San Marino Monte Titano, the rock on which San Marino’s capital, San Marino, was built, is the highest point in the area.
Getting to the town is facilitated by 1.5 kilometers aerial tramway. So you can enjoy a beautiful view on the surrounding landscape from almost every point. It is quite easy to walk from the First Tower, to the Second to the Third. The views will be incredible of both the old city of San Marino, as well as the Italian valley below.
Cable Car - City of San Marino, San Marino The cable car provides the best views of Borgo Maggiore, as the cars sweep low over the rooftops of the buildings in the main town square.

Basilica San Marino is the main church of the City of San Marino.
Over the course of centuries, the basilica has witnessed some civil turmoil. Because of this in 1992 the Vatican made several decrees. These decrees set the basilica as mother-church of all churches within the Republic.

Basilica - City of San Marino, San Marino The basilica is entrusted also to the care of a priest who holds the title of Rector, and the Rector is appointed and replaced in accordance with the canon law. “ETCHED IN STONE” - This Latin phrase translates as “St. Marinus, father of the country, the bearer of freedom for the Senate and the People.”

Facing Piazza della Libertà and at Miss Liberty’s back is Palazzo Pubblico, the Government Building, built between 1884 and 1894; it stands on the site of the 14th century Domus Magna Comunis. Palazzo Pubblico was designed in the austere style of 14th century buildings of Italian city-states by Frencesco Azzurri, a Roman architect. Official state ceremonies are staged here; it is the seat of the Republic’s administration.

Palazzo Pubblico - City of San Marino, San Marino San Marino’s principal administrative groups hold their meetings at Palazzo Pubblico, including the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State. Some rooms in the building can be visited, as most of them were restored back to its 19th century style after a renovation of the building in 1996.
A popular event is the changing of the guards which takes place every hour in front of the building.
Located on the site of an ancient building called the Domus Magna Comunis, the current building was designed by the Roman architect Frencesco Azzurri and was built between 1884 and 1894. Restoration works were done on the building recently.
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Historic Center includes walls, gates, bastions and narrow streets with many shops and restaurants.
Thanks to its position on top of Mount Titano, the Center was not affected by the urban transformations of the industrial era today.
Many elements of the historic centre have been preserved or, if renewed, form part of a long tradition.
San Marino is small enough to be visited in one day and beautiful enough to want to revisit it many times.

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