Swiss Guard at the Vatican- Recruits to the guard must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.Recruits must have a professional degree or high school diploma, must be between 19 and 30 years of age,and at least 5 feet 8.5 in. tall.

Swiss Guard at the Vatican- Recruits to the guard must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.Recruits must have a professional degree or high school diploma, must be between 19 and 30 years of age,and at least 5 feet 8.5 in. tall.

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Italian, Brescia    Half Armor of a member of the Papal Swiss Guard, c. 1600 with 18th century blued and gilded decoration    Blued steel with gilding, brass, iron, leather, velvet weave - Art Institute of Chicago

Italian, Brescia Half Armor of a member of the Papal Swiss Guard, c. 1600 with 18th century blued and gilded decoration Blued steel with gilding, brass, iron, leather, velvet weave - Art Institute of Chicago

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Swiss Guard at the Vatican (technically not Italy, The Vatican is a separate country). The Swiss Guards are very handsome!

Swiss Guard at the Vatican (technically not Italy, The Vatican is a separate country). The Swiss Guards are very handsome!

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Vatican City is absolutely must see.  Make sure you aren't wearing shorts tho.  You are NOT allowed inside without long pants/dress.  The Swiss Guards will keep you out!

Vatican City is absolutely must see. Make sure you aren't wearing shorts tho. You are NOT allowed inside without long pants/dress. The Swiss Guards will keep you out!

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In full armor.  This is the most formal uniform the Swiss Guards have.  The armor is over 300 years old.  It's worn a few times a year including at the swearing in ceremony every year May 6th

In full armor. This is the most formal uniform the Swiss Guards have. The armor is over 300 years old. It's worn a few times a year including at the swearing in ceremony every year May 6th

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Swiss Guard Officer  (Design is from 1914, but serves as good inspiration) / Daniel Rudolf Anrig
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