CE018 Swiss Guardsman Standing-at-Ease
Anyone who has ever visited Rome must also see St.Peter’s Square and the Vatican. If you have done so then you have probably encountered one of the oldest and most colourful military units in the world …. The Pontifical Swiss Guard.
Founded in 1506 these Swiss soldiers have provided security for the Pope himself and for the precincts of Vatican City for more than 500 years. Their ceremonial uniform, as seen in these figures, harks back to renaissance times. It was, at one time, suggested that the great painter and sculptor Michaelangelo designed them.