The Uniform of the Swiss Guard: A 100-Year-Old Tradition

Were the uniforms of the Swiss Guard designed by Michelangelo?  I've always heard that; but today I read--on the Vatican's own website--that Michelangelo had nothing to do with it!  Instead, it was Commandant Jules Repond, inspired by the frescoes of Raffaello, who had the inspiration for the iconic uniforms which are worn by guards in Vatican City and at papal events. In any case,  they are lovely, aren't they?  The bold blue, red and yellow stripes, the white of the collar and glov … [Read more...]


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