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Roman Holiday – Swiss Guard

The Swiss Guard has existed since the late 15th century. As guardians of the gates to Vatican City, the Papal Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, is the only remaining Swiss Guard in the world.

Swiss Guard

More information at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/swiss_guard/swissguard/storia_en.htm

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13 responses

  1. Really like the framing created by the door and the symmetry of the the shot Jim

    August 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • Many thanks for your comment Ian; much appreciated

      August 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    • Thanks Ian.

      August 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

  2. Inspired and pretty

    I had never seen this before, of course I never went to Vatican City. The costume is so colourful, it’s a beautiful photo.

    July 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    • Hi Jocelyne, many thanks for your kind comments. Vatican City is quite a place. I do have some other images inside the Vatican and the Vatican Museum, which I will post later

      July 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      • Inspired and pretty

        Oh ! I can’t wait to see them !

        July 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  3. Excellent photo Jim. I watched a documentary on them a while back. That frilly outfit they wear sure hides the warrior underneath. I was amazed at how well trained, and well armed, they are.

    July 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    • Thanks Jeff. I don’t think it would be a good idea to be an adversary of the Swiss Guard.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      • The Pope is pretty well protected that’s for sure.

        July 30, 2012 at 12:51 am

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