Last Wednesday on the Elders preparation day we went with them to San Marino. By tradition, San Marino was founded in 301 AD by a Christian stonemason named Marino. He fled religious persecution to live on the top of Mt. Titano. He was later made a saint and the country was named after him. It became a republic in 1243 and remains a republic today, the oldest one in the world. A simple definition of a republic is where it's leaders are appointed or elected and it is not ruled by a monarch. San Marino has always claimed neutrality preceding the neutrality of Switzerland by several centuries.
There are three castles on the mountain, two main ones and a smaller one. This is one of the main ones, looking from the other main castle.
This is the other main castle.
Climbing up into the tower .
Looking down from the tower.
The foggy valley below.
Standing guard on the castle wall.