Bridge Of Sighs
Things to Do in Venice
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The Bridge of Sighs, in Venice, Italy, is assuredly one of the most famous bridges in the world, but people who initially hear its name and do not see it in writing, sometimes think it is called the Bridge of Size, incorrectly assuming it is large. In fact, the Bridge of Sighs is only about 11 metres (33 feet) long, and connects two buildings, stretching over the Rio di Palazzo (Palace River).
Believed by some locals to be haunted, this bridge once connected the spartan interrogation rooms at the Doge’s Palace to the next-door prison. The “sighs” are thought to be those of agonized prisoners, and some claim they still echo on the bridge’s interior. The prisoners who crossed that bridge after it was built over three years ending in 1603 had bleak futures...
Fully enclosed to prevent potential escape, the bridge is made of white limestone. It boasts windows, but even those have stone bars in the form of decorative latticework. It’s a true work of art, if viewed from the freedom of outside. These days, it has become a place of good luck, not sad sighs. Romantics believe that if a pair of lovers kiss under the bridge, in a gondola, at sunset, they will enjoy eternal happiness.