San Marino UNESCO World Heritage Site


Learn more about the history of San Marino, discover the monuments and key values that led to its recognition as a World Heritage Site of the Republic

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On 7 July 2008, during the 32nd Session, in Quebec, Canada, the World Heritage Committee inscribes the Historic Center of San Marino and Mount Titano in the World Heritage List and unanimously adopt the following declaration:

“San Marino is one of the oldest republics in the world and the only city-state that exists, representing an important stage in the development of democratic models in Europe and throughout the world. The tangible expressions of the continuity of its long existence as the capital of the Republic, its unaltered geopolitical context and its legal and institutional functions are found in its strategic position on top of Monte Titano, in its historical urban model, in its urban spaces and in its numerous public monuments.
San Marino has a widely recognized emblematic status as a symbol of the free City-State, illustrated in political debate, literature and the arts over the centuries. 
The defensive walls and the historic center have undergone changes over time, resulting in an intensive restoration and reconstruction between the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century - a process that can be considered as an integral part of the history of the property and which reflects the approaches changing conservation and valorisation of heritage over time".

On October 18, 1974, San Marino becomes the 133rd Member State of UNESCOThis is an essential political stage for a small state like ours which, for the first time, becomes part of the large United Nations family.

The sovereignty of San Marino, which has remained intact over the centuries, also lives in a timeless myth: freedom. A freedom that is found in the flag, in the coats of arms, in the visual expressions of the history of the Republic.

The City on the Mountain inserted in a landscape of extraordinary incisiveness expresses, together with the fortresses of Titan and the fortified Citadel, the intangible and tangible heritage, inscribed on 7 July 2008 on the World Heritage List.