The papal guard based in Vatican city. Don't let their colorful ceremonial dress uniforms fool you, they are an elite fighting force. They all have training in the Swiss army and are part of the smallest standing army in the world, although the main crime in Vatican City is pick pocketing. They were first commissioned by Pope Julius II. Their uniforms are covered in yellow and orange stripes and they wear silver helmets with a red plume on it. They also carry long spears and can be seen guarding highly protected areas of Vatican city that are restricted and only open to employees of the Vatican.
by American Abroad October 11, 2012
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