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    Cappella di Santa Barbara (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    Cappella di Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara's Chapel, also known as Capella della Rocca – Chapel of the Fortress was built in 1960. This rather small and simple building stands by the left side of the entrance to the tower. The highlight of the chapel exterior is precious lunette saved from the ruins of a 13th century church located in the Castle of Domagnano. Inside the chapel, on the stone altar, there is the bronze statue of Santa Barbara with six tower-shaped candelabrums specially produced in 1979 by the sculptor Bino Bini from Florence.

    Cappella di Santa Barbara Cappella di Santa Barbara, interior
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    Monte Titano, the Three Towers, Views… (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 5, 2008

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    Monte Titano is the mountain in the Apennines. It stands at 739 m and is located just about 20 km far from Adriatic Sea, so it is not hard to imagine how amazing the views from the top are.

    Monte Titano has three peaks and on each is the tower – the Three Towers of San Marino – symbol of the state, depicted on the national flag and the coat of arms of San Marino.

    View from Monte Titano View from Monte Titano View from Monte Titano
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    Statue of Liberty (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 31, 2009

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    At the center of Piazza della Liberta – the Liberty Square stands white Statue of Liberty, dedicated to the supreme ideal of the nation's life. This beautiful statue, artwork of Stefano Galletti, was presented to the citizens of San Marino at the ceremony held on September the 30th, 1876.

    Statue of Liberty was given to the Republic by Ottilla Heyroth Wagener, for which gift she was awarded the title of Duchess of Acquaviva.

    Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable symbols of San Marino, along with the Three Towers of San Marino and Palazzo Pubblico.

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    The Three Towers of San Marino – Guaita (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Dec 8, 2007

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    The First Tower – Guaita or Rocca fortress is the oldest and the largest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano and depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms of San Marino. It was built in the 11th century with the aim to discourage potential attackers and gradually gained a reputation of impregnable. Benvenuto da Imola called it a "Mirabile Fortilitium" – the wonderful fortress. The fortification had been rebuilt and reconstructed for many times starting from the 13th century. The last reconstruction occurred around 1930, and after that the fortress had was opened to the public.

    Besides exhibition on the history of San Marino, the 1st tower offers amazing view of San Marino, and Italian coast of Adriatic Sea, especially from the top of the central donjon.

    The First Tower ��� Guaita or Rocca The First Tower ��� Guaita or Rocca Guaita, viev from the top of the central donjon
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    The Three Towers of San Marino – Cesta (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Dec 8, 2007

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    The Second Tower – Cesta or Fratta stands on the highest point of Mount Titano and it is depicted on the national flag and the coat of arms of San Marino. It was built in the 13th century and it was restored many times during the centuries.

    Since 1956 the Second Tower houses the Museum of Ancient Arms, where many pieces of ancient armours and weapons are now exhibited.

    The Second Tower ��� Cesta or Fratta The Second Tower ��� Cesta or Fratta
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    Basilica del Santo (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    Basilica del Santo – Basilica of Saint Marinus, dedicated to the patron saint of the city and the state, is considered to be the most important sacred edifice in San Marino. A temple stands for a centuries on the site of the Basilica. The first one, according to the tradition, was built in the 4th century. The first document testifying about the existence of the church is 530 "La Vita di San Severino" by the monk named Eugippio. Later, the construction was mentioned in an act of donation issued on the 31st of July 1113. In the first decade of the 19th century the remains of the old structure were demolished to make place for the new one. That seems like senseless idea nowadays, but, at that time, somebody obviously had a different opinion.

    Basilica del Santo was designed by Antonio Serra, an architect from Bologna. It was decreed the building by the Council of Sixty on the 24th of July 1825, the first stone was laid on the 28th of July 1826 by the Bishop of Montefeltro, the temple was opened on the 5th of February 1838 and consecrated solemnly the 1st of July 1855. The bell tower, preserved from the old and incorporated in the present day structure dates from about 1600. The Basilica has three aisles and seven altars. The High Altar, decorated by the Adamo Tadolini's statue of Saint Marinus, holds an urn containing the remains of the Saint. On the right side, by a marble statue, there is a silver casket containing, piece of the top of the skull of the Saint, placed there on the 2nd of September 1602. The 17th century Throne of the Regents, stands on the left side. Among the paintings in the Basilica is "Noli me tangere", artwork of Elisabetta Sirani, the 17th century Bologna's painter.

    Pope Pius XI promoted the basilica to the title in perpetuity and the dignity of Basilica Minore on the 21 st of July 1926. On his apostolic trip Pope John Paul II paid the visit to the Basilica and stopped to pray at the reliquary of St Marino on the 29th of August 1982.

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    Chisetta di San Pietro (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    Just by the side of Basilica del Santo there is the tiny Chisetta di San Pietro – the Church of Saint Peter. Erected above the rock in the 16the century, the church was completely rebuilt in or about 1826. It contains two alcoves carved into the rock – according to the tradition the alcoves were sleeping cells of Saint Leo and Saint Marinus. They are claimed to posses magical powers. Inside the church there is marble alter dominated by the statue of Saint Peter, masterpiece of the sculptor Enrico Saroldi.

    Chisetta di San Pietro Chisetta di San Pietro, exterior
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    Piazza della Liberta | Liberty Square (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Written Jan 30, 2009

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    Piazza della Liberta – the Liberty Square is called "Pianello" by the people of San Marino. It is the most prominent and the most beautiful square in San Marino. Not very spacious according to common standards, it is however the largest square within the City of San Marino fortification walls.

    Liberty Square is dominated by Palazzo Pubblico – Public Palace, the seat of government and institutional highest authorities of San Marino, and Statue of Liberty, created by Stefano Galletti. Under the square there is an antique system of cisterns connected together for the collection of rain water, once used as a water reserve for the citizens of San Marino. The square overlooks picturesque underneath of Monte Titano, and it is the great viewpoint.

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    The Three Towers of San Marino – Montale (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 5, 2008

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    The Third Tower – Montale, the smallest of three towers depicted on the national flag and the coat of arms of San Marino was constructed in the 14th century, probably as a look-out tower and the protection of the south side of the Second Tower. Unlike the other two towers, the Third Tower is not open to the public.

    The Third Tower ��� Montale
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    "Fiori di Roccia" (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Apr 24, 2009

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    In front of the entrance to the First Tower – Guaita or Rocca, on the beautiful viewpoint, stands very interesting sculpture called "Flowers of the Rocks", artwork of Bruno Marabini. We could not find out much about it. The only thing that seems pretty certain is that its author, Bruno Marabini was writer and artist born in 1921 in Faenza and died in 1996 in Rimini. Position of the sculpture puts it in pretty unfair position to "compete" with the amazing view from Monte Titano, but also provides the impression of importance.

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    Palazzo Pubblico | Public Palace (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Jan 30, 2009

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    San Marino's Palazzo Pubblico – the Public Palace is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Great and General Council, the Council of the XII, and the Congress of State.

    Palazzo Pubblico is located on the site of an medieval building called the Domus Communis Magna – Large Communal House, probably constructed between 1380 and 1392. After several restorations, that old building was demolished at the end of the 19th century as it was falling into ruins.

    The first stone of the new Palazzo Pubblico, designed by the Roman architect Frencesco Azzurri, was laid in 1884 and the building was completed ten years later, in 1894. On its inauguration ceremony, on the 30th of September 1894, the renowned speech on "perpetual liberty" was held by Giosue Carducci, Italian poet and the first Italian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The neo-Gothic in style, Palazzo Pubblico was made of stones extracted from the nearby Mount Titano caves. Our first perception of asymmetry of the building was quickly reestablished to an impression of two symmetrical parts, lower and upper, joined asymmetrically. After a century of existence, the building was becoming unsafe in today's standards, so a complex restoration project was undertaken. It was completed by the female architect Gae Aulenti on September the 30th, 1996.

    Among the decorations of Palazzo Pubblico are three mosaics depicting, according to tradition, Saint Leo, Saint Marinus and Saint Agatha, but this interpretation is called in question by the unusual clothing of Saint Marinus, dressed as a Roman soldier; more plausible seems a recent hypothesis, according to which the saint in the middle is Saint Quirino, designated as protector of the Republic in 1547. The three mosaics on the facade are copies, while the originals, created in 1894 by the Roman ceramist Guglielmo Castellani on the drawing of San Marino artist Pietro Tonnini are treasured inside the building.

    Palazzo Pubblico is one of the most recognizable symbols of San Marino, along with the Three Towers of San Marino and the Statue of Liberty.

    Palazzo Pubblico The three mosaics on the facade of Palazzo Saint Leo Saint Marinus or Saint Quirino Saint Agatha
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    The Towers

    by PetraG Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    Most visitors to San Marino choose to explore the ancient fortresses and battlements located on the top of Mount Titano, which overlooks the city. There are three main towers: La Rocca (First Tower), the Cesta (Second Tower) and the Montale (Third Tower).

    La Rocca, dating from the 11th century, was carved directly out of the stone of the mountain and boasts a glorious bell tower. The 13th century Cesta is the highest of the three towers and contains the San Marino Museum of Antique Weapons. The Montale is also of the 13th century.

    The First Tower is limited by two circles of defensive walls. The inner ones, adorned with merlons and braced on the corners with angular towers, subsequently lowered during the 16th century, belonged to the first wall circle (Guaita Wall Circle), which was built to defend the inhabited area.

    The first Tower Guaita, rises at the same time to crystallizing itself of the communal conscience. It discouraged the attacking ones while the reputation was already run. Welcome from Imola defined it "mirabile fortilitium". To the shelter of the solid structure of the guaita one, the people, ignoring every stranger to be able, acquired knit conscience of means with which to conserve its autonomy at first embezzling itself to the soggezzione of the most powerful neighbors and in a second phase to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

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    Palazzo Pubblico

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 2, 2012

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    The Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall as well as its official Government Building. It is located on the site of an ancient building called the Domus Magna Comunis.
    The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State.
    The building was built between 1884 and 1894. After a hundred years of existence, it was becoming unsafe in today's standards, so a complex restoration project was undergone. The intervention was completed on September of 1996 in a month after I saw it in August.

    -€ 4.50 for Museo di Stato e Palazzo Pubblico

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    Cesta

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 2, 2012

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    The Cesta or Second Tower, or La Fratta is located on the highest of Monte Titano's summits. It was constructed in the 13th century.
    A museum of old weapons to honor Saint Marinus, created in 1956, is located in this tower.
    It dominates the skyline, offering superb views towards Rimini and the coast.

    Cesta
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    Montale

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 2, 2012

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    The Montale or the Third Tower, is located on the smallest of Monte Titano's summits and is the smallest out of three Towers.
    It was constructed in the 14th century. Unlike the other towers, this one is not open to the public.
    It was renovated in 1924.

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