The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Publish date: 31-03-2020
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is one of the most popular and oldest bridges of Venice. The bridge was built in 1600-1603 by Antonio Conti (Antonio Contino). The length of the bridge is 11 meters. 

You may think what the name of the bridge has a romantic history, but in fact it is not. This bridge connects Doge's Palace and the prison.

There is a legend about this bridge - it tells that the view from bridge's small window was the last view that prisoners saw before they were locked in prison forever. During the passage prisoners could  threw last glance at the beauty of Venice and they had sad sigh. So that's why Bridge of Sighs has that name. 

Bridge location

The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge over the Palace channel, it connects the Doge's Palace and prison. 


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