Bridge of Sighs in Venice

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© Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0

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The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge in Venice, 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 designed the Rialto Bridge, and it 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 English name was bequeathed by Lord Byron in the 19th century as a translation from the Italian “Ponte dei sospiri”, 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 that 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.

Palazzo Ducale with the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prison to the right © Inselmann/cc-by-sa-3.0 View from the Bridge of Sighs © Peter K Burian/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0 © flickr.com - Ghene Snowdon/cc-by-2.0 Bridge of Sighs and New Prison © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0
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Palazzo Ducale with the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prison to the right © Inselmann/cc-by-sa-3.0
The 1861 opera Le pont des soupirs by Jacques Offenbach features the bridge, as does the song “Venice” by Gibraltarian band Melon Diesel.

French-American singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour recorded his famous song Que C’est Triste Venise in 1964. Its lyrics make reference to the bridge and to several other Venetian features.

The 1979 film “A Little Romance” follows a French boy and an American girl who meet in Paris and begin a romance that leads to a journey to Venice where they hope to seal their love forever with a kiss beneath the Bridge of Sighs at sunset.

Read more on Wikipedia Bridge of Sighs (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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