The Pope's Private Army – 10 Cool Facts About The Vatican's Swiss ...

The Pope's Private Army – 10 Cool Facts About The Vatican's Swiss ...

Swiss Guard at the Vatican (technically not Italy, The Vatican is a separate country). The Swiss Guards are very handsome!

Swiss Guard at the Vatican (technically not Italy, The Vatican is a separate country). The Swiss Guards are very handsome!

Swiss Guard Swiss Guard by Lawrence OP on Flickr. Swiss Guard

Swiss Guard Swiss Guard by Lawrence OP on Flickr. Swiss Guard

Swiss Guard. The Swiss Guard, recognizable by its armor and colorful Renaissance-era uniforms, has been protecting the pontiff since 1506. That’s when Pope Julius II, following in the footsteps of many European courts of the time, hired one of the Swiss mercenary forces for his personal protection. The Swiss Guard’s role in Vatican City is strictly to protect the safety of the pope. Its soldiers are extensively trained and highly skilled marksmen and Swiss citizens.

Swiss Guard. The Swiss Guard, recognizable by its armor and colorful Renaissance-era uniforms, has been protecting the pontiff since 1506. That’s when Pope Julius II, following in the footsteps of many European courts of the time, hired one of the Swiss mercenary forces for his personal protection. The Swiss Guard’s role in Vatican City is strictly to protect the safety of the pope. Its soldiers are extensively trained and highly skilled marksmen and Swiss citizens.

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