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==See==
 
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===Swiss Guard===
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[[Image:Swiss Papal Guards.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Swiss Guards]]
 
[[Image:Swiss Papal Guards.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Swiss Guards]]
The '''Swiss Guard''' ([[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]: ''Guardia Svizzera Pontificia''; [[French phrasebook|French]]: ''Garde Suisse Pontificale''; [[German phrasebook|German]]: ''Päpstliche Schweizergarde''; Latin: ''Pontificia Cohors Helvetica'') is tasked with protecting the Pontiff himself. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the uniforms worn by Renaissance-era soldiers; winter palette of clothing differs from summer palette. Contrary to popular belief, Michelangelo did not design the Guards' uniforms - rather, they were created by one of the Guard's commanders, Jules Repond, in the 19th century. The Pontifical Swiss Guard is also the smallest and oldest standing army in the world, founded in 1506 by the "warrior Pope" Julius II (the same Pope who kick-started the construction of this 'new' basilica and making Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel). The origins of the Swiss guards, however, go much further; the Popes, as well as a lot of European rulers, regularly employed Swiss mercenaries since the 15th century. Said Swiss mercenaries were a major "export" of Switzerland (before they decided in 1515 not to be involved in military conflicts anymore) and turned particularly useful during the Sack of Rome of 1527.
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The '''Swiss Guard''' ([[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]: ''Guardia Svizzera Pontificia''; [[French phrasebook|French]]: ''Garde Suisse Pontificale''; [[German phrasebook|German]]: ''Päpstliche Schweizergarde''; Latin: ''Pontificia Cohors Helvetica'') is tasked with protecting the Pontiff himself. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the uniforms worn by Renaissance-era soldiers; winter palette of clothing differs from summer palette. Contrary to popular belief, Michelangelo did not design the Pi' uniforms - rather, they were created by one of the Guard's commanders, Jules Repond, in the 19th century. The Pontifical Swiss Guard is also the smallest and oldest standing army in the world, founded in 1506 by the "warrior Pope" Julius II (the same Pope who kick-started the construction of this 'new' basilica and making Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel). The origins of the Swiss guards, however, go much further; the Popes, as well as a lot of European rulers, regularly employed Swiss mercenaries since the 15th century. Said Swiss mercenaries were a major "export" of Switzerland (before they decided in 1515 not to be involved in military conflicts anymore) and turned particularly useful during the Sack of Rome of 1527.
  
 
===St. Peter's Basilica===
 
===St. Peter's Basilica===

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