The Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace) is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State.

The main section of the building is topped by battlements over a series of corbels. The clock tower above also features such an arrangement with battlements and corbels. The overall design is similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, but on a much smaller scale.

Located on the site of an ancient building called the Domus Magna Comunis, the current building was designed by the Roman architect Francesco Azzurri and was built between 1884 and 1894. After a hundred years of existence, it was becoming unsafe in today's standards, so a complex restoration project was undergone. The intervention was completed by the internationally renowned architect Gae Aulenti on 30 September 1996.



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Founded: 1884-1894
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in San Marino


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K Adams (2 years ago)
Dignified square with a fantastic view (like everywhere else in San Marino)
Mary Podnachitana (2 years ago)
the most beautiful view that I have seen in my life. excellent store prices. the best experience of Italy.
Mary Podnachitana (2 years ago)
the most beautiful view that I have seen in my life. excellent store prices. the best experience of Italy.
Asiyah Noemi Koso (2 years ago)
Palazzo Pubblico is a lovely building. It is located in the small but beautiful Piazza della Liberta square. The Palazzo Pubblico ( Public Palace ) building of San Marino, also known as Palazzo del Governo, is the place where the official ceremonies of the Republic of San Marino are held and is the seat of the main institutional and administrative bodies, such as the Captains Regent, the Great and General Council, the Council of the XII and the Congress of State. The rich history of this building is extremely interesting. The building stands where once stood the Domus Magna Comunis, that is the old palace, dated around the end of the fourteenth century (1380-1392). The new public building was built between 1884 and 1894 to a design by the Roman architect Francesco Azzurri, who designed it in the severe and simple style of the municipal buildings of the 13th and 14th centuries. The facade of the public building is supported by three pointed arches and is characterized by the presence of three large openings and the clock tower. On the right of the fa├žade is a bronze statue of the founder of the Republic, the Saint Marino, built in 1894 by the sculptor Giulio Tadolini. On the clock tower is possible to see a mosaic triptych depicting the saints Leo, Agata and Marino. The interior of the Palazzo Publico is extremely richly decorated with paintings, statues, frescoes from the Atri, hall of the Council of the XII until hall of the Great and General Council.
Petter Niklasson (2 years ago)
This building is to be regarded as the essential symbol, of the classic & ancient city of San Marino. The view from the plaza in front of the building, can only be described as 'spectacular'. Since San Marino is situated on a small mountain, visibility is quite extended. The whole town looks much older than it's actual age, and is sure worth a visit. Beware the numerous tourist traps, though....
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