61 sq.km. Small enough to call themselves the world's smallest republic. But it's also the oldest, they claim. Surrounded by Italy and the European Union, the story of why the hillsides of Monte Titano manage to stay independent dates far back.
It roughly started when Konstantin the Great in early 4th century said that the people who lived under Monte Titano should be free from "both men" (pope and the emperor). So they kind of had some common history already back then. Then when Italy were to be united in the late 19th century, San Marino provided shelter for the unifiers and served as a "free land" for them on the way to the Adriatic coast. The San Marino population themselves didn't want to join the unification, and it was ok because of the role they had played for the unifiers. Later, Italy has tried to get the land back at several occations, even joined forces with Austria ready to invade, but Napoleon's army managed to prevent this invation. Today San Marino remains a sovereign country, one of the most beautiful countries I've visited.
The panorama (stitch of 3) was taken 10-15 m below the top of Monte Titano, looking down towards the city of San Marino and italian mountains in the background.
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saxo042 (37604) 2013-07-15 11:39
Du har funnit en fin färgsammansättning i den här bilden, de röda taken mot den blå bakgrunden. Ett något annorlunda motiv från detta berömda land, utan de typiska turistdetaljerna.
dta (71039) 2013-07-15 14:24
Hello Fredrik ,
An interesting plunging view , with a perspective that creates a feeling of vertgo . I like the light and the strong contrasts , too .
dkmurphys (52329) 2013-07-16 0:59
Spectacular capture from that old attractive city state. Good work, enjoy a fine day.
adramad (40204) 2013-07-16 14:24
Superb ..... this great panoramic, that from the highest part of the city, is showing us as the buildings down the slope and in the distance the green landscape of mountains and small towns.
Very good management of both the brightness and the sharpness.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Fredrik Henriksen (Bergenphotos) (2640)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-15 8:46