The swiss guards of the Vatican

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I did it last week: The swiss guards of the Vatican (Guardia Svizzera Pontificia). It’s one of the big chapter of my projects around the european guards. I stayed at the Vatican. It was amazing, peaceful and strange, the feeling of beeing in the middle of something BIG and small at the same time, a safe place. The legend about the uniform of the swiss guard (existing since 1506) tells that Michellangelo designed the purple, orange and red uniform. The real story is just that one of the guard in the early 20th, found his inspiration in some of the master’s sketchs… It was great to photograph where Velasquez painted some centuries ago…