Repubblica di San Marino
was born in Lopar on island Rab more than 17 centuries ago and trained
to be a stonecutter.
to legend, he left the island with his life friend Leon at his young age
and went to another side
the Adriatic Sea; to the coast of the Apennine peninsula, in town Rimini.
two young man left the native island in order to find job.
both were diligent and virtuous, the christian community there became very
fond of them. Marin became
deacon to the bishop Gaudientium and made a admirable career.
he was persecuted because of his christian sermons so he fled to
the hill Titan and built a small
which soon became a gathering place for others and many found their new
home and laws in it,
founding a new community. That was the beginning of the today's city and
the state of San Marino,
stone-cutter, who founded a small community of simple, poor and believing
people on Mount
left as his main legacy freedom and christianity, a value which enabled
Sammarinese to safeguard
community to present day.
official date of foundation of the Republic dates back to 3 September 301
was buried in the small church he had built and got recognized a Saint
by the population and by
Marino is the Europe's oldest existing republic.
people San Marino and Rab cherish a close friendship and in Mai 2004 community
of Rab erected
monument to St.Marin in the town Rab.