Journey to Old and New Singapore

It is easy to agree that Singapore is a developed country with state-of-the-art infrastructure, fast internet and amazing tourist destinations. An aerial tour of the current Lion City will reveal a little heaven on earth especially if you pass by Universal Studios, Marina Bay or Sentosa Island. Many people from different parts of the world have been looking at https://www.singapore-visa.net to know how they will find jobs and business in this city-state. But most people do not know the history behind the country and the journey it has taken. So let us look at the journey from the old Singapore to the new one that is exhibited today.

Ancient Features of Singapore

Evidence of the old Singapore still remains all over. In addition to the numerous historical sites and museums that are available in Singapore, there is still more than any person can enjoy. Here is some of the evidence of the old Singapore.

  •         Sri Mariamman Temple – this temple illustrates the old Singapore where people used to worship a Hindu mother goddess. It still stands strong today despite the many years.
  •         Chijmes – the site dates back many years and has a rich history. People who appreciate excellent food can enjoy it here.
  •         National Gallery Singapore – this gallery has one of the largest art collections in the state. You can appreciate the collection of cave paintings all the way to the modern-day art.

Gaining Independence

The city-state was a British colony. At one time in World War II, the Japanese Empire took over but only for a short time. By 1965, the state gained independence from the British Empire.

By the late 60s, the government was determined to tackle the crisis of unemployment, housing challenges, health concerns and many other issues that were already facing them. One of the strategies laid down by the authorities was to start the modernization program, industrialization and the building of houses for its citizens.

Modern Singapore

Throughout the 20th century, Singapore has seen a significant evolution. This is when most of the amazing architecture, installation of the current infrastructure and technology occurred. Modern Singapore boasts these wonders among many others.

Marina Bay Sands – it is one of the most expensive casinos ever built in the world. Although the three buildings have other businesses like restaurants and shops, the skyscrapers’ exterior is the most amazing feature.

The Helix Bridge – indeed, this a modern architectural wonder that has amazed many people in the world. It connects Marina South with the central area.

Finally, Singapore, in the modern day, is an amazing country. If you research the history of the country in depth, you will also get to appreciate the multicultural influence that it enjoys. Today, Singapore is a cosmopolitan city with a strong economy, excellent business environment and fast internet. The real estate sector has played a significant role in removing the old houses to erect new ones. Most of the land in the city has been developed fully to make it what it is today.

 

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Europe’s 3rd Smallest Country – San Marino

SAN MARINO: Republic of San Marino is a unique little country that claims to be the world’s oldest republic. In addition to that, this is also the third smallest country in Europe after Vatican City and Monaco. Its capital, also known as San Marino, sits on Mount Titano at more than 650m above sea level, and it offers impressive views of the surrounding hills, countryside, Adriatic Sea, and Italy. It’s the main city of this country and where we spent all of our time during this trip. The appealing historic center along with Mount Titano is a UNESCO World Heritage site of this capital. The few towns that make up San Marino are all located on the mountain sides.

Mount Titano from distance where San Marino sits about 650m above sea level.

Mount Titano from distance where San Marino sits about 650m above sea level.

TIME of TRAVEL: It was our second attempt to go to San Marino. First time we were in Tuscany (February 2012), we made our first attempt to go there, but had to return back to hotel after more than an hour drive towards San Marino due to heavy snow storm in the mountains. This time our trip to Tuscany was in October of 2013 and the weather was extremely favorable. It was a long drive but thanks to the scenic highways and roads, they kept us energized all the way.

OUR HOTEL: We didn’t stay overnight in San Marino. We stayed in My Hotel One in Radda in Chianti in Tuscany, Italy and made a day trip here. It took us about 3 hours to reach here after getting lost a few times but it was worth every moment.

EATING and SHOPPING: Food in San Marino is exactly same as Italy, like pasta, pizza, and gelato. We had lunch at a restaurant called Cesare Cafe exactly opposite of La Fratta on Via Salita all Rocca, right after entering the Old Town next to parking lot 6. They not only had very good food and good service, but we also enjoyed the magnificent view of the hills from the restaurant windows.

Same goes for shopping, souvenirs are very similar to the ones you will get in Italy, except you don’t have to pay the tax that you will do in Italy. Old Town has many shops for leather, purses, generic souvenir items, and so on.

PLACES WE’VE VISITED: Historic old city center of San Marino is very well-marked and all the sites are within walking distance. It offers spectacular views everywhere you look. All the sites here are very well-preserved, maintained, and marked clearly for everyone. Here are all the places we’ve visited in Old Town of San Marino in a day.

One of the gates to enter the Old Town of San Marino

One of the gates to enter the Old Town of San Marino

1) OLD TOWN: We spent our whole time in the Old Town of San Marino and that’s where most of the touristic sites are. Good restaurants and shops are everywhere too. Even if you just walk around the city thru its narrow streets and winding up and down ways, you will be thrilled with all the surprises you will find in this small town. We parked our car outside the wall and walked on foot taking time in each spot and enjoying the stunning views from up here every once in a while.

Walking thru the old cobble-stoned alleys of San Marino

Walking thru the old cobble-stoned alleys of San Marino

2) 1ST TOWER – GUAITA: After a small pedestrian shopping area in the Old Town of San Marino, we climbed uphill to reach the 1st We got a mind-blowing view of the encircling mountains as soon as we reached the base of the tower.

The 1st Tower of San Marino which dates back to the 13th century

The 1st Tower of San Marino which dates back to the 13th century

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the principal defense of Mount Titano and of the town of San Marino. The first documented record of its existence dates back to the 13th century. Over the centuries, it has been extended and modified to adapt the structure to the evolution of warfare. It also served as a prison where dangerous criminals were tortured and kept. Extensive renovations were carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries which emphasized the 15th century appearance of the building. This is the reason the tower looks so much older than similar fortresses in nearby areas.

This was one of the three medieval towers of San Marino. We didn’t visit the other two towers, but they are open to the public. It is 3 euros for one tower and 4.50 euros for two towers combined. We spent about an hour here walking around the old walls and going thru few sections of this tower.

View from the 1st Tower in San Marino

View from the 1st Tower in San Marino

3) BASILICA di SAN MARINO or BASILICA del SANTO: About 5 minutes’ walk from the tower, in Piazzale Domus Plebis, is Basilica di San Marino. It’s main façade with Greek-style Corinthian columns, all white interior, majestic ceiling and altar, and statues on the sides of the walls inside make this place elegant and a must-see in San Marino. It is free to enter for anyone…so don’t miss the chance.

BASILICA di SAN MARINO or BASILICA del SANTO in San Marino

BASILICA di SAN MARINO or BASILICA del SANTO in San Marino

4) PIAZZA della LIBERTA or PIAZZA PUBLICA: Going down from the basilica to the left for only two minutes is Piazza del Liberta or Piazza Publica. This is a small piazza that houses the City Hall and other government official buildings. The best part of it is that you get a phenomenal panoramic view of the layers of mountains and towns below. There is a statue in the middle of the piazza overlooking the people of San Marino. It looked like this is the main square of the city and a popular gathering place for the locals.

PIAZZA della LIBERTA or PIAZZA PUBLICA in the Old Town of San Marino

PIAZZA della LIBERTA or PIAZZA PUBLICA in the Old Town of San Marino

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