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The Basilica of Saint Marinus is the spiritual and architectural heart of San Marino. This breathtaking neoclassical masterpiece is situated in Piazza Domus Plebis and is a tribute to the life and works of Saint Marinus, the founder of the Republic.

History

The current Basilica was constructed in 1836 upon the remains of an earlier fifth-century church. The magnificent building we see today is an emblem of the Neoclassic-Romanesque architectural style, with its Roman-inspired columns and intricate ornamentation.

How to Get There

The San Marino City Centre is best accessed by shuttle buses from nearby cities such as Rimini. Within the city, the Basilica of Saint Marinus is easily reachable on foot.

List of Attractions

  • The Interior: Dazzling white stone, Corinthian columns and 3 altars, each dedicated to a Saint of the Church.
  • Relics of Saint Marinus: At the high altar, don’t miss viewing the relics of Saint Marinus himself.
  • The Exterior: Stand in awe of the ancient stone and the grand stairs leading up to the Basilica, perfect for a photo op!

Ticket Information

Entrance to the Basilica of Saint Marinus is free, though donations are always appreciated.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Respect the Sanctity: Remember it is an active place of worship. Dress modestly and keep noise to a minimum.
  2. Guided Tours: Some guided tours of the city include a visit to the Basilica, providing in-depth historical context.
  3. Photography: Take your camera along for stunning snapshots of the Basilica and the surrounding cityscape.
  4. Visit Early: To avoid crowds and secure a serene visit, get there in the morning.
  5. Explore Nearby Attractions: After the Basilica, check out the fascinating attractions nearby, such as the Palazzo Pubblico and Piazza della Libertà.

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