San Marino in the World Heritage List

San Marino in the heart of world history: a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008

On July 7, 2008 the Republic of San Marino, thanks to the unique character of its history and institutional heritage, was given an outstanding recognition by UNESCO’s Committee: the inscription in the prestigious List of World Heritage Sites.

The inscribed site covers an area of 55 hectares and includes the old towns of San Marino and Borgo Maggiore, as well as Mount Titano with its natural environment of exceptional value. For more information, please see the article below.

From the Declaration of Exceptional Universal Value adopted by the World Heritage Committee:
“San Marino is one of the most ancient Republics in the world and the only existing City-State, representing an important historical period for the development of democratic models in Europe and all over the world. The tangible expressions of the continuity of its long existence as the capital city of the Republic, its unaltered geopolitical context and its legal and institutional functions are reflected in its strategic location on the top of Mount Titano, in its historical urban mode, in its urban areas and in its numerous public monuments. San Marino has an emblematic statute widely recognised as the symbol of a free City-State, reflected in political debate, literature and arts throughout the centuries…
San Marino and Mount Titano are an exceptional testimony to the institution of a representative democracy based upon civic autonomy and self-government, having been the capital city of an independent Republic since the 13th century with unique continuity and without interruptions. San Marino is an exceptional testimony to a living cultural tradition that has lasted seven hundred years…”  

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  San Marino, centuries-old freedom 




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