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Basilica di San Marino was built at the beginning of the 19th century on the foundations of the pre-existing Roman church. It has a nave and two aisles and seven altars which are all embellished by precious statues and paintings of great value. The statue of Saint Marinus was sculptured by Tadolini; the High Altar holds an urn which contains the relics of the Saint.
The Beautiful Church of Saint Marinus In San Marino
During your Basilica di San Marino tour, do not miss the Church of San Pietro. To the right of the Basilica you can see the 16th century Church of San Pietro which was renovated in the 1800s. You can access this church through a stairway that extends from the bell tower of the Basilica. In the rock which makes up the apsis of the church, you will see two indentations that have been carved out. These recesses are known locally as the beds of San Marinus and San Leo. Locals believe that these beds have thaumaturgical (or miracle inducing) qualities. The oratory (prayer room) of the church where these beds are housed is said to have been built by Saint Marinus himself.
At first glance you can see the building is in Neoclassical style, with the main façade preceded by a staircase upon which are eight Corinthian columns. You can also see the immense romantic bell tower being one of its main features. The interior is divided into three naves by Corinthian columns and there are several plaster statues depicting the Twelve Apostles and the Redeemer. They were all made by the school of the sculptor Adamo Tadolini, who also designed the Statue of Saint Marinus placed behind the altar. Other works worthy of interest are the four Cardinal Virtues, at the corners of the nave, the throne of the Captains Regent, dating from the seventeenth century and the painting called 'Noli Me Tangere' by Elisabetta Sirani, representing the risen Christ. Under the main altar, kept in a small urn, are the Sacred Bones of Saint Marinus, Founder of the Republic. This will be an interesting thing to do at Basilica di San Marino: admiring the beautiful architecture.
Inside the Basilica you will find a main altar, under which the bones of the Saint are housed in a small urn. To the left of this altar you will see the Throne of the Regents which dates back to the 1600s. To the right of the main altar there is a monument formed in marble with a shrine inside. Inside this shrine is the top portion of Saint Marinus' skull. As well as the main alter there are six more altars which hold great paintings and statues that are both valuable and symbolic. It is a must thing to do during your Basilica di San Marino tour.
There is still one other thing to do at Basilica di San Marino. Several liturgical celebrations are stipulated for the basilica. Amongst these are included: the election and the establishment of the Captains Regent; the anniversary celebration of the Republic's Militia (25 March); national and religious holidays of San Marino, the Founder and Patron of the Republic (3 September), and St. Agatha, patroness of the Republic (5 February); and the religious festival honoring the St. of the Body and Blood of Christ. The basilica can also function as a venue for popular events such as the XII Autumn Music Festival production in 2010 of Mozart's Requiem Mass. There are regular masses on holidays at 11 am if you'd like to attend.
How to Get Tickets?
The admission to Basilica di San Marino tour is free. You can enter the church when there is no religious celebration or mass. The church accepts donations from tourists.
How To Get Around?
The Basilica can be explored on foot or on wheelchair. Since it's located in the city center, you can easily walk to your next destination from here.
What Should I Wear?
Basilica di San Marino is a religious site, be respectful and wear modest clothes. Cover your sholders and knees when you are inside.
Best Time to Visit
Basilica di San Marino tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open all year round for tourists and it gets crowded at noon.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
San Marino is a small city, you can simply walk around.The narrow cobbled streets are full of surprises and you can go up and down the city to explore. There are virtually no cars and the streets have a very medieval feel. You can climb the city walls and walk along it at places and you will find Basilica di San Marino.
Be respectful when you are in the church, some people might go pray there. Keep the church clean, do not leave your trash anywhere except the bin.