Period IV

Galerie Beyeler Pratteln. Photo/ Foto: TES.

The Pontifical Guard

The Swiss Guard in the Vatican has been expanded from 110 to 135 men.  Therefore the small army is looking for new recruits:  these must be Catholic, male, unmarried and of Swiss nationality.

The Guard was founded in 1506. It is the only foreign military organization that Swiss citizens are allowed to join.

The exhibition at Galerie Beyeler in Pratteln (canton of Basel) shows the mission, education, daily life, culture and history of the Pontifical Guard.

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