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Early 20th Century Vatican City Swiss guards. Swiss Guards in the Vatican City. Swiss Guards are the Swiss soldiers who have served as guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. The Pontifical Swiss Guards of the Vatican are a small force maintained by the Holy See that is responsible for the safety of the Pope. They are the de facto military of the Vatican City.
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