La Guardia Pontificia svizzera protegge il corridoio all'interno delle Porte Bronze Vaticane
"The Swiss Pontifical Guard protects the corridor within the Vatican Bronze Doors"...
My Roman tour guide at the Vatican, who knew all who worked there, made sure he presented every opportunity for me knowing I was a photographer. For this and several other images, he talked with security allowing me to enter areas off limits to photograph through doorways and windows. This huge bronze door has been the official entrance to the apostolic palace since 1663, and is permanently watched by three Swiss guards. The Pontifical Swiss Guard was founded in 1506 and in the 18th century several Swiss soldiers were recruited from various European courts to form the close quarter guards of the kings. Michelangelo designed the official--highly colorful--uniform, and guards also wear a long sword and a traditional halberd. The bronze door opens to a long corridor leading to the famous steps of the Scala Regia, which was designed by Bernini to appear longer and wider than in actuality. Unfortunately, this architectural wonder is closed to visitors, as is the rest of the apostolic palace where the pope lives; only official visitors are admitted inside. As I followed my exceptional tour guide who knew all shortcuts around the Vatican, I found myself behind the steps of the Scala Regia for one more historically amazing view.
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