Bridge of Sighs

Located in Venice, Italy, the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) spans the Rio di Palazzo connecting the interrogation rooms of the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia to the prison. Constructed of limestone the enclosed bridge was built in 1602. Lord Byron gave the bridge its name in the 19th century based on the notion that condemned prisoners would sigh upon their last view of Venice as they were lead to their cells to await execution. However, by the time the bridge was built the prison was largely occupied by small-time criminals.

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