Saturday, July 19, 2008

Swiss Guard Souvenir Shop...

Fridays, between 10 - 11 o'clock you can visit the Swiss Guard souvenir shop. Not many people know about it, but just show up at the Porta Santa Anna during that hour and tell the guard you came to buy something in the shop. He will let you into the foyer of the Swiss Guard barrack where the guard on duty will telephone the Swiss sister in charge of the shop. She will walk you into the barracks and show you what they have. They have calendars, CDs, DVDs, hats, shirts, etc. The best is the CD of their marching songs with the inno (anthem) of the Vatican City State played by thier band. Four years ago when I was there I got to see the guards on drill as they marched in as well as some of the nice 1930 frescos of guardsmen they have on the walls (such as in their canteen).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello ! I was in Roma last week... and I recognized you, as a tourist guide, as I was going to pray on Pope John-Paul II's tomb. I come on your blog quite often since you had posted pictures of the sisters of the Institut du Christ Roi Souverain PrĂȘtre.

It was the first time I went to Roma (my friends had planned this trip as my birthday present before I leave for convent - Dominicaines du Saint Esprit)

No words can describe this city... sanctified with the blood of so many martyrs...

I would have tried the Swiss Guard Souvenir Shop if I had known then... :-) The Osservatore Romano is an excellent place to buy pictures and cards of our Holy Father! And, you also get to talk to the Swiss guards to go there...

JPSonnen said...

Happy Birthday...and very nice to meet you! I congratulate you on the occasion of your entrance into the convent and I ask our Blesed Lord to continue to bless you with His most choicest blessings. Union of prayers from the Eternal City!