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Vatican Swiss Guards hold a commemorative wreath during a celebration of the 1527 Sack of Rome, in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Swiss Guards, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. On Wednesday afternoon, the Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the 147 Swiss Guards who died protecting Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome carried out by the mutinous troops of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Vatican Swiss Guards hold a commemorative wreath during a celebration of the 1527 Sack of Rome,in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Swiss Guards, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
Vatican Swiss Guards hold a commemorative wreath during a celebration of the 1527 Sack of Rome, in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Swiss Guards, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. On Wednesday afternoon, the Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the 147 Swiss Guards who died protecting Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome carried out by the mutinous troops of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

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From gallery: Vatican City
Source: Spaziani
Date 6 May 2009
Location: vatican city state State of the Vatican City Vatican
Credit: Stefano Spaziani
Copyright: Stefano Spaziani
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