Swiss Guards

The Pope’s elite guard – known as the Swiss Gards or properly The Corps of the Pontifical Swiss Guard maintains a unique armory inside the Vatican in Rome. It contains a collection of well-maintained (because they are used) medievil weapons such as helmets, full armor, halberds and various swords, even though these soldiers also carry modern infantry weapons such as rifles and pistols for less ceremonial purposes. Agostino von Hassell was afforded the rare privilege of photographing the Vatican armory.