Santi Martino e Sebastiano degli Svizzeri
The Chapel of the Swiss Guard


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History

SS. Martino e Sebastiano degli Svizzeri was built by Pope Pius V in 1568 to serve as chapel for the Swiss Guards, whose patron saints are Martin and Sebastian. The architect was Nanni di Baccio Bigio . Their barracks were located next to Port St. Pellegrino: the upper part of the church can be seen from Piazza S. Pietro immediately below Palazzo Apostolico.

In 1999 the building was enlarged and there was added a forum.

The chapel contains works of Gino Giannetti, the creator of The Monument to Columbus in New York harbor.

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Location: 41° 54' 12.1" N, 12° 27' 24.2" E

Additional information

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