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Saint Marinus, a stonemason, inspired the country's name.

San Marino, Saint Marinus, Rimini, Italy

Saint Marinus moved to Rimini, Italy, with his lifelong friend Leo, from the island of Rab in modern-day Croatia, to work as a stonemason. After the Diocletianic Persecution that followed his Christian preaching, he retreated to the nearby Monte Titano. He founded a little church in Titano and lay the basis for what is now the city and state of San Marino.

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