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Swiss Guard
10-JUN-2011

Swiss Guard

Vatican City, Rome, Italy view map

Pontificia Cohors Helvetica with the traditional long pole weapon, the halberd, and Renaissance style uniform.
Since the 15th century, when Switzerland was a poor mountainous country, serving as mercenaries had been a career choice for young men seeking fortunes abroad.


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