The Basilica del Santo Patrano is the premiere church in San Marino. It is a place of religious devotion. Casual tourists and those fascinated by history will also find the place interesting.
Location and How to Get to This Specific Site
The basilica is in the center of San Marino. If coming from abroad, you can use the Rimini airport. The airports at Forli and Bologna are the alternatives. If you want to travel by train, the Rimini train station is your best option. Driving by car is also a good alternative but you do have to pay for the gas.
What to See There
The building is known for its neo-classical design. One of its main features is the high square stone tower. The Basilica del Santo Patrano is home to the San Marino Burial Monument. There are also numerous paintings in the area. Majority of the paintings are focused on medieval art. Of course, the exteriors of the place are also remarkable.
Since the church was established, it has become a major pilgrimage site. It was built in honor of Saint Anthony. Saint Anthony was born on August 15, 1195. His father was one of the Crusaders and a devoted Christian.
Early in his life he became devoted to the Virgin Mary. Not much is known about his days as a youth. However, there are several legends surrounding him. His devotion to the Lord and his deeds would eventually lead to his canonization.
The bus fares in San Marino cost 8 Euros. Plane fares will vary depending on where you are coming from and where you buy the ticket. Traveling by car is the most practical option. Since there are no borer controls, driving is hassle free.
The basilica also has relics and treasures of different kinds. The collection dates from different points in history. These include jewelry, tapestries, vestments and plaster figures. There are also many paintings and sculptures in the site.
There are other works of art in p0lace. These include the wooden marquetry (15th century) and golden boats from the 16th century. There are also several altar pieces in display.
The Basilica del Santo Patrano is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Visitors can also make bookings in advance. The closing hours on Saturdays and Sundays are at 7:45 pm. If you are going to book an advance trip, consult your tour operator if there are scheduling changes.