The renovation of the Swiss Guard’s barracks in the Vatican will cost an estimated 43 million euros. ($49.8 million)
The construction could be ongoing until 2024, warned Jean-Pierre Roth, president of the Swiss foundation that is funding the project and former president of the National Swiss Bank.
Jean-Pierre Roth has confirmed that he received the go-ahead from the Vatican on June 17, shortly before the Pope’s visit to Geneva, reported the French-speaking newspaper La Liberté in its July 30, 2018 issue.
The plan involves the construction of two new buildings to replace the three buildings that date back to the 19th and 20th centuries and are considered too old. This will reopen the famous Passetto di Borgo, a passage between the Vatican and the Castel Sant’Angelo that saved several popes during the Renaissance.
The future buildings will bring the security up to standard and will leave room to receive the guard’s families, as Pope Francis desired.