Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo
Castel Sant’ Angelo

The Castel Sant’Angelo! In a video game! This is the home to so many historical events but my favorite is it was the place of refuge for Pope Clement VII when he fled an army that came to sack the city on May 6, 1527. His new army, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, brought to Rome by Pope Julius II only a mere 20 years earlier, made their last stand on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.

St. Peter’s Basilica
St Peters Basilica

The Pope’s Army of 180 men held off an army of thousands, while the Pope with an escort of a few guardsmen, made his way by the Passetto di Borgo to the Castel Sant’Angelo.

The Swiss Guard proved their fidelity to the Pope and earned his trust. They have since become trusted bodyguards for the Pope even today. Every year on May 6, new Swiss Guardsmen, swearing to the Holy Trinity, make their oath of allegiance to the Pope, always remembering the sacrifice they made so many years ago. Even today, they promise, if need arises, to lay down their life in defense of the Pope of Rome once more.

Pontifical Swiss Guard
Pontifical Swiss Guard

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      1. I know Brotherhood took place in Rome (“Roma”) primarily.

        I’ve been playing Origins as of late. It may end up being my second-favorite game in the entire series after Assassin’s Creed II. I haven’t played the other two games in the Ezio Trilogy (Brotherhood and Revelations) as of yet, but I really want to at some point. I’m so glad the developers took their time in creating Origins. The story and the graphics are just incredible. The graphics are awesome in Unity as well, although I haven’t played the story mode yet to judge that.

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      2. I personally use PlayStation, but they have “The Ezio Collection” (all three games in the trilogy remastered for the PS4 and XBox One) available for the XBox One. Assassin’s Creed II begins when Ezio is about 17, Brotherhood is set when he’s in his thirties, and Revelations (I think) takes place in his forties and fifties. There are issues with the graphics in the remastered versions, but the overall story is still there.


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