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"Welcome to the ancient land of freedom" is the phrase that welcomes you into the borders of the Republic of San Marino: land of liberty and hospitality, which has never denied the right of asylum and assistance regardless of political or religious ideas.
The neutrality that has characterized the Republic on many occasions had no exceptions during World War II, when San Marino declared itself not involved in the conflict but its 15.000 inhabitamts offered aitsylum in tunnels more than 100.000 displaced people in the district during the passage of the battlefront along the Gothic line.
Borgo Maggiore Unesco World Heritage SiteSince 2008 the historical centre of San Marino and Borgo Maggiore are recognized among the Unesco World Heritage sites: San Marino is the oldest Republic in the world and the only city-states that subsists, representing an important milestone of the development of democratic models in Europe and throughout the world.
Borgo Maggiore is one of the nine Castles of the Republic, the second by number of inhabitants, its construction dates back to the 12th century with the name of Mercatale: testimony of the time are the small squares and porticos below which, according to an ancient tradition, it still plays regularly, every Thursday, the market.
San Marino - Between history and legend
The oldest Republic in the world, 61 km2, a small State that for more than 1700 years is been independent, a population that throughout history has proved to be wise and worth of its territorial extension.
On 301 a.d. dates back to the foundation of a small community of Christians persecuted for their faith and gathered around a stonecutter Dalmatian Marino.
Since then, between history and legend, it developed a sovereign State, nowadays a member of the Council of Europe and of the United Nations, but still very much tied to its origins and traditions.
Borgo Maggiore departure of the cable car
For those who wish, after having visited the historic center of Borgo Maggiore with the train, it is possible to get off at the stop of the cable car station that will take you to the top of the San Marino mountain ..... time you will go back to where you started !!! Buy the discounted ticket for the Borgo Maggiore - San Marino cableway from the on-board staff.