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Bridge of Sighs, Venice | by RyanTaylor1986
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Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Ponte Dei Sospiri. This enclosed bridge links the new prison with the interrogation rooms in the Doge's palace. It was given the name by Lord Byron in the 19th Century from the suggestion that it was the last view of the beautiful Venice by prisoners being taken down to their cells. In relaity inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, the cells in the Palace were occupied by small time criminals and little could be seen from the bridge becasue of the stone bars.

 

A local (probably spread by Gondolieri) legend has it that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss under the bridge at sunset.

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Taken in February 2004