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.
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.