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The Guard of the Great and General Council
“Return to the hero who sent you; carry to him the free homage of our admiration and gratitude; tell him that the Republic of San Marino, satisfied with the narrow boundaries of its territory and with its modest existence, has no desire to accept his generous offer, nor of entertaining the ambitious idea of an aggrandizement which might in time compromise its liberty; tell him that its citizens will be under the greatest obligation to the French Republic and its invincible general if they can secure the public welfare by an extension of their commerce upon conditions the most favorable to their subsistence. Our wishes are limited to the accomplishment of this object, and we beg you to represent them to the general-in-chief.”
— Antonio Amafri, the Captain Regent of San Marino, he was named by his fellow citizens Father of the Country, his response to Gaspard Monge, Comte de Péluse, envoy from General Napoleon, May 1796.
Guardia del Consiglio Grande e Generale, the Guard of the Great and General Council, is locally called the Guard of Nobles, and was formed in 1740. With its navy blue and gold uniform (and those feathers!) the Guard protects the Captains Regent and the Great and General Council. They also provide a ceremonial bodyguard to government officials for festivals of both state and church.
Made up almost entirely of volunteers, the duties of the Guard of the Great and General Council are mostly ceremonial, although these men pass through a full military training.
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Change of the guard at the Government Palace
Don't miss the change of the guard at the Government Palace (Palazzo Pubblico).
The Nucleo Uniformato della Guardia di Rocca (Uniformed Guards of the Fortress) perform honour service at the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza della Libertà, and the 'changing of the guard' ceremony is performed every hour on the half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the summer months or, more specifically from mid May through the end of September.
The Guardia di Rocca guard, was originally founded in 1754, and currently has two departments: the Nucleo Uniformato (Uniformed Guards) and the Compagnia d'Artiglieria (Artillery company).
The Nucleo Uniformato serves to keep public order and guards the Country's borders, territory and its various institutional sites.
The Compagnia d'Artiglieria, on the other hand, serves for national ceremonies and holidays.
The uniform worn by the Guards of the Fortress when on duty and during the changing of the guard is quite suggestive with a dark green double-breasted jacket decorated with red and white braiding, red trousers with a green stripe and a cap (kepi) with red pom-pom and white spats. The ceremonial uniform also has golden epaulets and a leather helmet with red and white ostrich feathers.
Changing of Guards
The Guardia di Rocca conduct a changing of the guard ceremony at the Palazzo Pubblico (San Marino) from April to September every half hour from 8:30am to 6:30pm.
The Guardia di Rocca (English: National Guard/Guard of the Rock) are a front-line military unit in the San Marino armed forces, who also carry out day to day law enforcement duties.
In front of the Government House you can witness the changing of the guard. The ceremony takes place between 8.30 and 18.30, every hour on the half hour, during the summer months.
The so-called Guardia di Rocca was established in 1754 and consists of two units: the Uniformed Unit and the Artillery Company. The first is entrusted with law and order in the country and along the State Borders, as well as in the various institutional bodies. The latter performs ceremonial duties and on National Holidays.
Fortress Guards wear a green jacket and red trousers, a black hat with white and red feathers, and carry a gun with a long bayonet.
Changing of the Guard
The Guardia di Rocca are on duty at the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza della Liberta. The changing of the guard ceremony takes place between 8.30am and 6.30pm, every hour on the half hour, during the summer months from 15th May to the end of September. The Guardia di Rocca was established in 1754 and currently consists of two units: the Uniformed Unit and the Artillery Company. The Uniformed Unit is entrusted with law and order in the country and along the state borders whilst the Artillery Company performs ceremonial duties.
Changing of the guards
Facing the Palazzo Pubblico from may to september you can see, every hour from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the changing of the guards of La Rocca. The ceremony is very short, it takes only few minutes, but if you have the chance to go to the top of the rocca, it woths a stop.
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Changing the guards
I would like to be in the San Marino army.
No war to do. Even no UN mission.
Only to keep off the tourists.
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