Bridge of Sighs

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Bridge of Sighs - Hertford Bridge
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king_golo king_golo
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Oxford's idea of the Venetian Bridge of Sighs Jan 30, 2017
The Bridge of Sighs is one of Venice's most famous sights. Perhaps it was this fame that made locals rename Hertford Bridge in Oxford to Bridge of Sighs, even though it allegedly looks more like Venice's Rialto Bridge...

Anyway, the surprisingly short bridge connects two parts of Hertford College and was built 312 years after its namesake in Italy. If you want to know: it was in 1914. It quickly became a very popular sight in Oxford and fits, in my opinion, very well into the "City of Dreaming Spires". The bridge is open only to Hertford members, but everybody can (and does) cross underneath it and take a picture. You don't even have to feel touristy when doing that. Nearly all Oxford graduates have their picture taken there after the official graduation ceremony. It's simply too strong an Oxford symbol to be ignored.
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Airpunk Airpunk
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Bridge of Sighs Jan 14, 2017
One of many things Oxford and Cambridge (and Venice...) have in common is a "Bridge of Sighs". While tha sigh in Venice was mostly related to a death sentence, the worst thing here was the failure in a crucial exam. Oxford's is also the youngest among the three (1914) after Venice (1600) and Cambridge (1831). It is also the only of the three built over a road instead of water. The architect Thomas Graham Jackson never intended it to be a replica of Venice's Bridge of Sighs and indeed, it has a larger resemblance with Venice's Rialto Bridge.

It connects the two parts of Hertford College and its official name is Hertford Bridge.

One thing you can not do is walk over it if you are not part of Hertford College (officially you are not allowed to use the one in Cambridge's St. John's College either but that one is easily accessible). However, you may walk under it and have your picture taken. It is one of the most popular photo motives in Oxford.
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Hertford Bridge Mar 17, 2017
The Bridge of Sighs, aka. Hertford Bridge, links the two quadrangles of Hertford College. During my visit, there was a group of tourists studying the information board about the bridge looking confused. It seems that they didn't realise they were standing directly under it!

The 'bridge' was constructed in 1914 and designed by Sir Thomas Jackson. It's worth a look when in Oxford, but really it's no more than a good photo opportunity.

Address: New College Lane, Oxford

Directions: Off Catte Street
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