The Swiss Guards: The Vatican's "Military"

By Jessica, USA, February 2013

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When you visit Vatican City you expect to be wowed by the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You’d probably also guess that there’s a relatively heavy guarded presence around for the Pope. What you may not anticipate is being wowed by the Vatican’s Swiss Guards, who are something of a tourist attraction themselves.

The Swiss Guards are the official guards of the Vatican. They are, indeed, Swiss, and they’re highly trained soldiers

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Vatican Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Vatican.

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