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THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

The Swiss Guard of the Pope turned 509 years last week.
On 22 January fell indeed the anniversary of their hiring at the Holy Seat: it was 1506 when Pope Julius II recruited a guarnison of soldiers from today’s Switzerland for his own safeguard in the Vatican. Since then they kept serving him with loyalty until today, linked to him by an oath which includes life sacrifice and which they didn’t hesitate to respect many times: in 1527, for instance, on occasion of the so called “Sack of Rome”, when out of 189 soldiers, only 42 survived to protect the then Pope. Coming closer to our times, the Swiss Guard mantained its loyalty to the Holy Seat even when the Papal State was deprived of its political and territorial powers by the new born Italian State, in 1861.
A little folkloric note: the Swiss Guard’s old fashioned uniform is not as ancient as we might think, being the fruit of a design which dates back to 1914, when the corp underwent major reforms. The new outfit was inspired to Raffaello’s drawings though, from which thing it derives its clear Renaissance looking.
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”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME”: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO LATEST EXHIBIT

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME”: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO LATEST EXHIBIT

The current exhibit at Castel Sant’Angelo is entirely dedicated to the Popes who – between ‘500 and ‘600 – made of Rome the capital of Christian world throughout sponsoring works of art: that was the time indeed when art started to be considered as a precious vehicle to spread Christian religion. All major artists gathered in the Eternal City to beautify it with paintings and sculptures which we can admire till today. Many of them are now on display in the Popes’ fortress on the Tiber river: works by Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, just to name a few.
Castel Sant’Angelo Museum is open Tue – Sun from 9am to 7pm. The exhibit has been extended to 11 January 2015. Contact http://www.hotelrome.net/ to get more information on the exhibit and to find the most suitable accommodation to you!