Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    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

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    Ponte Dei Sospiri

    by nihandenis Written Nov 4, 2007

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    You should not miss this bridge as it has a very dramatic look either in the day or at night. This bridge is connecting Doges' palace and Prigioni Nuove.

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by mccalpin Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Here is the famous "Bridge of Sighs" that connected the Doges Palace to the prison; prisoners were reputed to sigh as they were led across this bridge...

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    Inside the Bridge of Sighs

    by sandysmith Written May 2, 2004

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    Be different and see the view from the inside of the Bridge of Sighs - makes a change from the normal photo view, taken standing on the Paglia bridge, facing towards the Bridge of Sighs.

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    Bridge of Sigh

    by flying_dolphin7 Written Jan 7, 2006

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    Along this small bridge, there are two corridors between Palace of Justice is The Doge`s Palace & prison Prigioni Nuove.

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    Ponte della Paglia

    by Luchonda Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    Whenever visiting Venice - you will meet a lot of people on this famous "Ponte" to have a perfect view on the "Bridge of Sighs" connecting the Doge Palace with the Palazzo delle Prigioni

    For some ..a bridge to far...
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    Ponte dei Sospiri

    by myriam_c Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    This small bridge leads from Palazzo Ducale to the palace's prisons.
    The name of the bridge refers to the sighs of the prisoners when they were lead from the palace to the prison.

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by kazander Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    The famous Bridge of Sighs...If you take the tour of the Doge's palace you will pass through it just as the prisoners did who were brought before the inquisitors.

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by Packerman Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    One of the best known monuments in the city because of the 19th century writers who often referred to it in thier works. This bridge connects the Doge's Palace with the dark narrow prison cells.

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by Kate-Me Written Sep 15, 2003

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    And of course, because it is so famous, we couldn't resist visiting the Bridge of Sighs, elegant and beautiful.

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    by iretyc Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Venice, a city of water....even I was staying there, with rain showering and sea level overwhelming to ground level.....

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    The best thing to do in Venice...

    by Sduarte Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The best thing to do in Venice is walking around the city. I don't think I would pay the $80-$100 for a gondolla ride but some people do it.
    A very fantastical feel to the city.

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    The Bridge of Sighs: The only...

    by radzio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Bridge of Sighs: The only way leading from the prison to the execution area...

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    The bridge of Sighs

    by MATIM Written Dec 6, 2002

    Across this bridge the prisoners where brought from court house to prison, for some this was their last view at Venice

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by geekgrrl Written Jun 5, 2003

    This bridge is one of the most famous bridges. It connects the Doges Palace to the dungeons. You cross this bridge when you take the Palace tour.

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