San Marino - one of the smallest countries in the world (25 photos)

San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world and the oldest state in Europe. It is surrounded by the territory of Italy, 80% of San Marino up rock formations and on an area 60.6 square kilometers is home to only 32,000 people.





According to legend, in 301 AD, a Christian saint from the island of Rab in the Adriatic Sea (present-day Croatia), a stonemason named Marin took refuge on top of Mount Titano.




Therefore, formally San Marino is considered an independent state in September 301 years. In fact, on the independence can only speak from the 16th century, when Italy was divided into many independent territories.




The area of ​​the state is only 60.57 square meters. km. The country is located at an altitude of 738 m above sea level in the south-western slope of the mountain massif of Monte Titano. Photo: Government Palace:




In San Marino, very low taxes, so many seek local citizenship. But to make it extremely difficult and at best 15 years of married life with San Mari.




Despite this, the native voice is heard everywhere merchants. As a rule, Russian or Ukrainian.



Unlike Italy, where sweet wines are not taken, in San Marino they found more than enough. Personally, I liked plum, although, of course, each has some zest.



Unlike Italy, where sweet wines are not taken, in San Marino they found more than enough. Personally, I liked plum, although, of course, each has some zest.



Despite the low taxes, prices in San Marino, basically, no less than in the Italian stores.



Low taxes also generate a huge variety of banks.



The total length of roads of the state is only 104 km away and all of them winding:



High economic level has a positive effect on the level of the car. Italian supercars here to meet a lot easier than in neighboring Italy.



All around the narrow streets:



The higher the climb up, the more we discover the beauties of nature. In the most clear days you can see through the binoculars Croatia.



San Marino is in Italy visa space.





At the top of Mount Titano (755 meters) in the 16th century a fortress was built honor. Although the tower was reconstructed several times, medieval aspect was not lost:



The most important of the three famous towers of San Mari - Guaita Tower. It was originally used as a watch tower and a fortress. Subsequently, some of the rooms of the fortress was used as a prison, after escape from here is extremely difficult, because tower surrounded by a double ring of fortifications:



Tourism plays a significant role in the economy and the tourism industry in the State involved to 2 million people annually. More than 3 million tourists visit San Marino every year.



The historic center of San Marino and Mount Titano in July 2008 are UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Cable car in San Marino:



Guaita fortress (La Rocca) - the ancient fortress of San Marino, built in the 16th century:



Winter:



San Marino - a tiny state on the rocks.





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