The Swearing of the Swiss

Today, the anniversary of the Sack of Rome, the new recruits for the Swiss Guard swear their service to the Pope and his successors. This is also the 5th centennial year of their service. Thus, as you have probably seen from other sites, there was much hooplah.

Here are a couple view of the celebration you might not have seen. All photos the mine. Enjoy!

This is the moment of the swearing. It is pretty big, but I reduced it a bit. It’s all there though, if you want it.

Swear!

To add extra spice to the ceremony there were there present groups of troops dressed in historic uniforms, to give honor to the Swiss Guard. Here is a rather nice shot in amidst the columns.

Troops in the columns

Tonight some very nice fireworks were organized. I have a very nice view from my room.

Fireworks

 

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