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Monday, January 23, 2006

500 years of Swiss Guard

Yesterday was the 500 years of Swiss Guard, as it was on 22 January 1506 that Pope Jules II requested Swiss Mercenaries to become the defender of the Holy See. Pope Jules II was impressed by the capabilities of Swiss Mercenaries in defending the Conferederation in face of attack from Habsburg Austrian or Duke of Milan. As the Pope felt his authority was weaken by Reformer and corruption and bad finance, the Vatican felt the need to increase its security.

150 brave mercenaries leaved from Lucerne in winter 1505-1506. Soon, they became indispensable for the Vatican, and their number was increased to 300 in 1512. Already famous as the best troops in Europe at that time, Swiss mercenaries created a legend in their capacity of Swiss Guard. In 1527, attack was launched on Rome. Pope Clément VII made a mistake in aligning himself with French camp against the Emperor Charles Quint. The later destroyed Rome and almost invaded the Vatican-City. The Swiss Guard barricaded the entry to Saint Peter's Basilica and defended the Vatican against thousands of armies. 147 Swiss Guards died, while the 42 survivors succeeded in protecting the Pope Clément's retreat to Castel Sant'Angelo. On that day, 6 May 1527, the Swiss Guard saved the Papacy. This historic glorious act is celebrated every 6 May, when the new recruits take their oath of loyalty.

Directly under Pope's order, now Swiss Guards consist of 110 men. To become one, the man has to be Swiss, age of 19-30 y.o, minimum 174 cm, Catholic, single, without criminal record, and succeeded in the Swiss Guard's training.

Source: L'Illustré, No. 3, 18 January 2006, p. 56
For more information click on The Roman Curia: Swiss Guard


  • Vivat la Confederazione Helvetica ??


    By Anonymous macchiato, at January 23, 2006 8:47 PM  

  • ada fotonya ga?...
    hi hi...

    By Anonymous naga, at January 24, 2006 10:01 AM  

  • Macchi: Oui...viva la Confederation Suisse! Cinta sekali saya sama negara kecil ini..:)

    Naga: Sebenernya dulu pas ke Roma sempet pengen potoan di samping atau deket-deket para Swiss Guard yang tampan dan gagah itu. Tapi malu..abisnya kesannya kayak kurcaci di samping mereka. Plus takut sama tombaknya yang setinggi genter..hihihi

    Ya bisa dilihat di linknya saja atuh. Biar bisa 'takjub' ngeliat seragamnya yang era pertengahan...hehehe.

    By Blogger Pipit, at January 24, 2006 10:08 AM  

  • Pit, they must be catholic but doesn't mean they have to be célibataire ¿heh?
    seragamnya lucu yah..

    By Anonymous naga, at January 24, 2006 10:32 AM  

  • Naga, célibataire dalam arti belum menikah. Kalau punya pacar atau cem-ceman sih boleh2 aja. Pas di majalah L'Illustré malah ada poto Swiss Guard yang lagi nyium pacarnya sebelum masuk pintu dormnya mungkin.

    Kata keterangan potonya, hubungan cinta diperbolehkan tapi setiap Swiss Guards harus pulang sendirian setiap malam. Tapi lucu aja kali ya, kalau kencan sama cowok yang pakai seragam ajaib kayak gitu di tengah2 kota..hihihi.

    By Blogger Pipit, at January 24, 2006 10:37 AM  

  • célibataire berarti single, ngga berkait dengan celibacy.
    Enfin, vive Sig Da Vinci dengan desain haute-couture nya. LOL, Gaultier aja kebanting kemana2.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2006 12:27 PM  

  • eh ya maksud gue celibacy - kayak pendeta2 katolik yg ga boleh punya pasangan...

    By Anonymous naga, at January 24, 2006 3:19 PM  

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