November 1, 2006 – February 3, 2008
The pontifical Swiss Guard is the world’s oldest military organization, however, its mission remains the same as it was five centuries ago: to protect the pope.
The exhibit was part of an original show that opened at the Vatican on March 29, 2006, as part of the Swiss Guard’s 500th anniversary observance.
In addition to objects from the Vatican, artifacts and works of art were loaned by museums in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and several private sources. They included uniforms, helmets, armor, paintings prints and weapons.