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San marino - oldest republic in the world

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by Günther Eichhorn

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In May 2016 I finally visited San Marino, the only country in Western Europe that I had not visited.

San Marino is only about 62 km² (24 square miles), the fifth smallest country in the world, with about 32,000 people living there. It is the oldest surviving sovereign country and the oldest republic, dating back to 301 CE. Its written constitution dates back to the 16th century. It is the smallest republic in the world.

I stayed two nights in Borgo Maggiore, one of the towns in San Marino, so I had one full day to explore the castle of San Marino. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and rainy in the morning when I went up to the castle, so I went back to the hotel around 11:00. Fortunately it cleared up around noon and I went back up to the castle, to see the castle in sunlight.

In the morning there was an antique racing car rally, which meant that many roads were closed, it was a madhouse, and all of it in fog. The rally was over when I went up to the castle the second time, so it was somewhat quieter, although the castle is always very crowded with tourists.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn

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castle san marinoThe castle of San Marino. (806k) buildings castle sanOne of the buildings in the castle of San Marino. You can see how high the cliff is on which the castle is built. (497k) towers castle sanOne of the towers in the castle of San Marino. (676k) towers castle sanOne of the towers in the castle of San Marino. (776k) towers castle sanOne of the towers in the castle of San Marino. (907k)
towers castle sanOne of the towers in the castle of San Marino in the clouds. (533k) tower sunshineThe same tower in the sunshine. (987k) walls towers castleWalls and towers in the castle of San Marino. (727k) city wall castleThe city wall in the castle of San Marino. (647k) stairs along cityStairs along the city wall in the castle of San Marino. (490k)
building castle sanBuilding in the castle of San Marino. (812k) building castle sanBuilding in the castle of San Marino. (606k) streets castle sanOne of the streets in the castle of San Marino in the fog. (667k) building castle sanBuilding in the castle of San Marino. (899k) san marino cathedralSan Marino cathedral in the fog. (353k)
san marino cathedralSan Marino cathedral. (522k) palazzo pubblico seatPalazzo Pubblico, the seat of the government of San Marino. (511k) view point fogView point in the fog. (498k) really nice viewYou really have a nice view if you are not in the clouds. (609k) view plains belowView of the plains below San Marino to the Adriatic Sea. (687k)
antique car rallyAntique car rally in the fog. (366k) nice antique racingOne of the nice antique racing cars. (640k)


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