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Principality of Sabourg since 1261 is the first monastic state in the history of humanity, governed by religious people elected by other religious people.

Il Principato del Sabourg fin dalle origini è uno stato abbaziale costituito da religiosi. I monaci regnarono nei territori del Sabourg dal 1261 al 1729, anno in cui il principato fu venduto ai Savoia col benestare del Papa che impose la condizione per il trasferimento del titolo di proprietà mediante il pagamento dei debiti pregressi con i creditori, in particolare quelli contratti con la Repubblica di Genova. Aspettativa che non venne soddisfatta, rendendo così inefficace l’atto di vendita. I territori del Principato del Sabourg divennero legittimamente un protettorato dei Savoia fino al 1946, ancora oggi esercitato unilateralmente dalla Repubblica Italiana.

The Principality of Sabourg is divided into two Priories: the Priory of Sabourg and the Priory of the Chaplaincy of San Michele in Ventimiglia. The territory of the Sabourg Priory includes the current territory of the Municipality of Seborga, part of that of the Municipality of Ospedaletti, Perinaldo and Sanremo, as well as the island of Bergeggi (Savona). The Priory of the Chaplaincy of San Michele was composed of the Grange, i.e. the territories that include part of the current territory of Ventimiglia, Airole, Olivetta San Michele and Sospello (France). The surface of the ancient territory was approximately 110 km2.

The historical and religious continuity of the Principality of Sabourg is ensured today by His Most Reverend Highness John Luke, Prince Abbot and Archbishop of Sabourg, elected ninety-first sovereign on 29 September 2019 and crowned by a high Orthodox prelate on 28 December 2019.

 

Official motto

"I sat under the shade"

The literary translation is “I sat in the shade”.
Psalm 91.1 of the Holy Scriptures reads verbatim: "He who lives in the shelter of the Most High rests in the shadow of the Almighty".
In other words, those who are protected by the Lord are protected from the evil one. As further proof of the totally religious vocation of the principality.

Four questions to clarify the religious nature of the Principality of Sabourg:

→ Cosa si intende oggi per Principato del Sabourg? Approfondisci
→ Perché il Principe del Sabourg deve essere esclusivamente un religioso? Approfondisci
→ Per quale motivo si sono autoproclamati altri principi a Seborga e chi sono? Approfondisci
→ Quali sono i falsi miti a Seborga? Approfondisci

→ For further clarifications, consult the History section

Due domande frequenti:

→ Come si ottiene la nazionalità sabourghese? Approfondisci
→ Come si ottiene la residenza digitale?  Approfondisci

The Principality of Sabourg has been an abbey state made up of religious people since its origins. The monks reigned in the territories of Sabourg from 1261 to 1729, the year in which the principality was sold to the Savoys with the approval of the Pope who imposed the condition for the transfer of the ownership title through the payment of previous debts with creditors, in particular those contracted with the Republic of Genoa. An expectation that was not met, thus rendering the deed of sale ineffective. Seborga legitimately became a protectorate of Savoy until 1946, still exercised today by the Italian Republic.

The Principality of Sabourg is divided into two Priories: the Priory of Sabourg and the Priory of the Chaplaincy of San Michele in Ventimiglia. The territory of the Sabourg Priory includes the current territory of the Municipality of Seborga, part of that of the Municipality of Ospedaletti, Perinaldo and Sanremo, as well as the island of Bergeggi (Savona). The Priory of the Chaplaincy of San Michele was composed of Grange, or from the territories that include part of the current territory of Ventimiglia, Airole, Olivetta San Michele, Sospello (France) and Molinetto (France). The surface of the ancient territory was approximately 110 km2.

The historical and religious continuity of the Principality of Sabourg is ensured today by His Most Reverend Highness John Luke, Prince Abbot and Archbishop of Sabourg, elected ninety-first sovereign on 29 September 2019 and crowned by a high Orthodox prelate on 28 December 2019.

 

Official motto

"I sat under the shade"

The literary translation is “I sat in the shade”.
Psalm 91.1 of the Holy Scriptures reads verbatim: "He who lives in the shelter of the Most High rests in the shadow of the Almighty".
In other words, those who are protected by the Lord are protected from the evil one. As further proof of the totally religious vocation of the principality.

Four questions to clarify the religious nature of the Principality of Sabourg:

→ what is meant today by the Principality of Sabourg? Learn more
→ why must the Prince of Sabourg be exclusively religious? Learn more
→ and why did other self-proclaimed princes in Seborga and who are they? Learn more
→ and what are the false myths in Seborga? Learn more

→ For further clarifications, consult the History section

Due domande frequenti:

→ come si ottiene la cittadinanza sabourghese? Approfondisci
→ come si ottiene la residenza digitale? Approfondisci

Institutions of the Principality

Objectives of the Principality of Sabourg

→ UN recognition

His Most Reverend Highness, Monsignor Giovanni Luca, Prince-Abbot Archbishop of Sabourg publicly subscribes to the Charter of the United Nations drawn up on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco (US) and confirms full compliance with the articles in order to request the Secretary General of UN, Antonio Guterres, the acceptance of the Principauté du Sabourg as a new member country.

 

→ Special autonomy from the Italian Republic

His Most Reverend Highness, Monsignor Giovanni Luca, Prince-Abbot Archbishop of Sabourg, sent on 4 November 2020 to the President of the Council of Ministers, Head of Government of the Italian Republic, an official request for recognition of the Principality of Seborga, today a sovereign enclave without territorial possession, in order to define a bilateral agreement between States, aimed at obtaining a special Autonomy of the lands that coincide with the Municipality of Seborga and part of the Municipality of Ventimiglia, as foreseen by the Art. 5 of the Italian Constitution.
→ In-depth article

 

→ Establishment of the United Micronations organization

His Most Reverend Highness, Monsignor Giovanni Luca, Prince-Abbot Archbishop of Sabourg invites the heads of government of the micronations of the international community to establish a new entity of international cooperation called "Organization of United Micronations" in order to encourage cooperation between states by unifying the voice of the micronations for the development of a new common socio-economic order.

Official press release
of His Most Reverend Highness Giovanni Luca Prince Abbot and Archbishop of Sabourg dated 6 January 2024

Dear Citizens,

another year is spent in the Service of Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to re-establish the true Light in the Principality of Sabourg.
After years of secular fantasies and inventiveness regarding the monastic state, on 13 December 2023 in Seborga we celebrated an official commemoration in eternal memory of the Prince-Abbots who have governed Seborga since 1261, the year the monastic state was founded.
I remind you all of the motto of the Principality of Sabourg: “Sub Umbra Sedi”, and it corresponds to Psalm 91 which I briefly remember: you who live in the shelter of the Most High and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.
And to you who serve the darkness! Take note of the meaning of Psalm 91 which states that a secular state can never exist in Seborga!

I thank all the collaborators for the excellent work done and I renew to you dear citizens and to all the Christians of the world my best wishes for peace and joy in the service of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the year 2024.

I take this opportunity to impart to all of you the Blessing of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Seborga 6 January 2024

☨Sua Altezza Reverendissima Giovanni Luca di Sabourg

Official press release
of His Most Reverend Highness Giovanni Luca Prince Abbot and Archbishop of Seborga of 29 September 2023

Dear Citizens,

another year is spent in the Service of Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to re-establish the true Light in the Principality of Sabourg.
After years of secular fantasies and inventiveness regarding the monastic state, on 13 December 2023 in Seborga we celebrated an official commemoration in eternal memory of the Abbot Princes who have governed Seborga since 1261, the year the monastic state was founded.
I remind you all of the motto of the Abbey Principality of Seborga: "Sub Umbra Sedi", and it corresponds to Psalm 91 which I briefly remember: you who live in the shelter of the Most High and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.
And to you who serve the darkness! Take note of the meaning of Psalm 91 which states that a secular state can never exist in Seborga!

I thank all the collaborators for the excellent work done and I renew to you dear citizens and to all the Christians of the world my best wishes for peace and joy in the service of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the year 2024.

I take this opportunity to impart to all of you the Blessing of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Seborga 6 January 2024

☨Sua Altezza Reverendissima Giovanni Luca di Sabourg

Official presentations

Official Investitures of the National Day 2023

Ventimiglia 13 December 2023

Presentation of the Council of Departments 2023-2025

Ventimiglia 29 September 2023

Presentation of the Prime Minister

Seborga 23 June 2023

→ You can consult all the press releases in this section

Official conferences

Historical conference on the theme of Saint Martin of Tours and charity

Ventimiglia 19 November 2023

Conference The Grange of the Principautè du Sabourg

Ventimiglia 29 September 2023

Principality of Sabourg since 1261 is the first monastic state in the history of humanity, governed by religious people elected by other religious people.

Ventimiglia 31 May 2023

Seborga between myth, history and reality

Ventimiglia 2 October 2022

→ You can consult all the conferences in this section

Celebrations

Official celebration of the Feast of the Prince-Abbot Archbishop of Sabourg

Seborga 13 December 2023

Investiture ceremony of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of Saint Martin the Charitable

Seborga 19 November 2023

Feast of the Monastic Order IV anniversary

Ventimiglia 29 September 2023

Celebration of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin 2023

Seborga 14 August 2023

Inauguration of the Chapel of Santa Maria Di Magdala

Seborga 22 July 2023

Feast of Santa Maria Di Magdala

Seborga 21 July 2023

→ You can see all the videos of the celebrations in this section

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In the foreground

Celebrazione della Santa Pasqua Ortodossa 2024 Seborga 5 maggio 2024 (cappella dell’Ordine Monastico) ore 10

 

Presentazione ufficiale della Fondazione del Principato del Sabourg e dei servizi digitali Ventimiglia (ex chiesa di San Francesco – città alta) ore 16

Seborga-Ventimiglia 5 maggio 2024