Palazzo Pubblico, San Marino

Palace in San Marino

Liberty Statue And Exterior Of Palazzo Pubblico (San Marino)
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The Palazzo Pubblico in San Marino, situated at the heart of the historic center in Pianello or Piazza della Libertà, serves as the emblematic and central hub of San Marino’s political life. Often referred to as the Government Palace, it hosts grand government ceremonies of the Republic and houses various state and institutional bodies.

The history of the Palazzo Pubblico of San Marino has deep-rooted origins. Built in a pre-Renaissance style, it was constructed in the late 1800s atop the ruins of the ancient Great House of the Municipality, affectionately known as the Government Palace. The inauguration of the building took place in 1894, with Giosuè Carducci delivering a renowned speech celebrating enduring freedom at the grand event. The most recent restoration occurred in 1996 under the expert supervision of Gae Aulenti.

Adorning the front of the building are the four coats of arms representing the Castles of San Marino, which collectively formed the Republic: Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino, and Serravalle. On the right side stands an exceptional statue of Saint Marino, the pioneering founder of the republic. In the center, there is a terrace where the new Captains Regent are announced and elected every six months, on the first day of April and October. Within the inner atrium, a statue pays tribute to Giosuè Carducci. Along the grand staircase’s extensive walls, a plaque and a well-preserved bronze head honor G. Mazzini and former President A. Lincoln, both of whom were granted honorary citizenship of the Republic of San Marino in the mid-1800s.

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Visiting Palazzo Pubblico, San Marino


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address: Palazzo Pubblico, Contrada del Pianello, San Marino
Duration: 20 minutes

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