National Geographic : 1939 Mar
SWISS PAPAL GUARDS SCRUTINIZE ALL WHO ENTER THE VATICAN Members of the historic company have guarded the Pope and protected the Apostolic Palaces for more than fourcenturies. In1505 theSwiss cantons ofZurich and Lucerne made a pact with Pope Julius II to supply 250 soldiers as a bodyguard. Today the number has been reduced to110 men and tenofficers. They still wear their 16th-century uniforms of blue, yellow, and red, modified in design by Michelangelo. Hats are black with red strings (page 384).