Thursday, May 08, 2014

Historic Center of SAN MARINO - UNESCO #1245

Incredible, for the third day in a row I receive postcards sent written and stamped from a "hard to get country", this time sent from San Marino by my good friend Tsvetana, when she went with her husband to this enclave (surrounded by Italy) last month. San Marino is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world (founded in the year 301). Knowing my special preference for vintage cards, in addition to the awesome aerial view of the Mount Titano, she picked a amazing old card showing the 'Palazzo del Governo', 'La Rocca con veduta del Marecchia' and 'Le antiche Torri' with a beautiful stamp. Thank you very much Tsveti for this wonderful surprise, hope you had a really good time there - now I have 375 UNESCO WHS, only606 to finish, and one more country completed! This postcards took 10 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1245 - Mount Titano (Aerial View) - SAN MARINO
UNESCO #1245 - Historic Center (Vintage) - SAN MARINO
San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano covers 55 ha, including Mount Titano and the historic centre of the city which dates back to the foundation of the republic as a city-state in the 13th century. San Marino is inscribed as a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages. The inscribed city centre includes fortification towers, walls, gates and bastions, as well as a neo-classical basilica of the 19th century, 14th and 16th century convents, and the Palazzo Publico of the 19th century, as well as the 18th century Titano Theatre. 

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