Bridge of Sighs

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Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy

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Andy99 Andy99
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The Delicate Ponte dei Sospiri Oct 02, 2012
The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is another of the must-see sights in Venice. Like so many of the well known sights on a Venice itinerary, its fame will have preceded it. It was one among so many things I wanted to see in Venice! The Bridge of Sighs crosses a canal, the Rio del Palazzo, to connect the Doge's Palace with the former Prison. It is certainly a beautiful bridge for the utilitarian use of conveying prisoners from trial and interrogation in the Palazzo Ducale to the prison! I suppose it was built this way to make a statement to the population.

The covered bridge was built of white limestone in 1595-1605 at the time the "new" prison (Carcere) was built. (The adjacent prison was in use until the 1940s. It is now a part of the Doge's Place tour as is crossing the bridge.)

The name is the same in English and Italian, Bridge of Sighs-Ponte dei Sospiri. The name was supposedly given to it by Lord Byron with the idea that the bridge afforded prisoners one last look at at Venice as they went to the Carcere and an unknown fate.

The best view is from the Ponte della Paglia on the Riva dei Schiavoni. If you visit the Doge's Palace, you have an opportunity to walk across the bridge, too!

Part of the Venice and its Lagoon UNESCO World Heritage site.

Interestingly, in 1884 a replica of the Bridge of Signs was constructed in Pittsburgh to connect the Allegheny County Courthouse with the Allegheny County Jail. it had the same purpose.
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The Prisoners Sighed as they saw Venice for the last time Aug 24, 1998
the Bridge of Sighs known as the Ponte dei Sospiri by the Venetians is a beautiful White limestone bridge. Designed by Antonio Contino it spans the Riodi Palazzo and was originally constructed to bridge the prison and the Doge's Palace interrogation rooms. The Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful work of art, stretching high above the canal. It is generally known as one of the finest examples of bridge architecture; a masterpiece at a time when such construction woulsd have been deemed almost impossible.

Why the 'bridge of Sighs'? Well it is said that the bridge got its name from the fact that prisoners who were then crossing it, on the way to their prison cells or the execution chambers, would sigh as they caught their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows. The bridge, and its unforgettable name, became particularly famous after the Romantic poet Lord Byron referenced the famous bridge in his 1812 book called Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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