Liberation of the Republic Day and Feast of Saint Agatha
The Holiday that the Republic of San Marino dedicates to Saint Agatha
San Marino celebrates the Saint every year, patroness of the city of Catania and patroness of the Republic. The holiday dates back to 5 February 1740, when Cardinal Enriquez, sent by the Holy See, restored that autonomy and freedom that Cardinal Alberoni had tried to undermine in the previous months. Since then the anniversary is celebrated with a suggestive ceremony with a procession that goes from Borgo Maggiore to the Basilica of the Saint in the historic center of San Marino, starting at 14.30.
8.00 - 10.00
Holy Masses in the Crypt of Saint Agatha
Solemn Mass in the Crypt of Saint Agatha in the presence of the Most Excellent Captains Regent and the Authorities
In Piazza della Libertà: Flag Raising Ceremony in the presence of the Uniformed Corps
Borgo Magiore: departure of the Procession in honor of Saint Agatha. The Procession will be welcomed at Porta San Francesco by the Government Mayors.
Departure of the Regency Procession from Palazzo Pubblico to the Basilica del Santo.
Rito religioso in Basilica: Canto del "Te Deum" e dell'inno a San Marino. Benedizione Religious rite in the Basilica: Singing of the "Te Deum" and the San Marino anthem. Blessing.
San Marino Old Town
Cripta di Sant'Agata (Saint Agatha's Crypt)
Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace)
Basilica del Santo (Basilica of the Saint)
Teatro Titano (TItano Theater)
Borgo Maggiore Old Town
Chiesa di Sant'Antimo (Saint Antimo's Church)