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The history of Marino - the saint and the republic

San Marino Photo, San Marino, Europe

San Marino is the oldest republic in the world and one of the smallest, with its 61 sq.km and a population of roughly 25000.

This Italian-speaking country was founded, according to tradition, in 301 AD by a stonecutter named Marinus, on Mount Titano, at 750m above the sea level. Marinus, born in present-day Croatia, leader of a group of Christians who tried to escape from religious persecution, is depicted in a small statue on a corner of the Government Palace. He is believed to be buried inside the Basilica.

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