Photographer's Note

The Helvetians were told as a people of warriors, famous for the valour of their soldiers. In 1506 Pope Julius II invited them to Rome and in 1512 granted them the title of "Defenders of the Church's freedom".

January 22nd, 1506, is the official date of birth of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, because on that day, towards the evening, a group of one hundred and fifty Swiss soldiers commanded by Captain Kasparvon Silenen, of Canton Uri, passed through the Porta del Popolo and entered for the first time the Vatican, where they were blessed by Pope Julius II.

The Guard serves now not only as a Guard of Honour but also keep order every time the Pope is in public.

One thing which attract most my attention is their colorful costume :)

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