Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs
Ponte dei Sospiri
The Bridge of Sighs in November 2015
|Crosses||Rio di Palazzo|
|Construction start||1600 (year)|
|Construction end||1603 (year)|
The Bridge of Sighs (Italian and Venetian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge located in Venice, northern Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge) and was built in 1600.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge's name, given by Lord Byron as a translation from the Italian "Ponte dei sospiri" in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.
The name "Bridge of Sighs" has since been applied by association to other bridges and around the world, as well as to other structures. See Bridge of Sighs (disambiguation).
Bridge of Sighs is also both a 1974 album and song by English musician Robin Trower.
John Singer Sargent watercolor
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