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The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, northern Italy . The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge), and built in 1602.

The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time 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.

A local legend says that lovers will be granted everlasting love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge and be in love and happily married to a blissful husband or wife for the rest of your life.

The bridge and the walls of the palazzo facing towards the bridge are under construction and currently the view does not live up to the expectations. (curtesy of Wikipedia)
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Venice, Italy

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  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyabout 4 years ago

    Lovely tonal control Karen, well done!

  • great comment, thanks Maggie :)))

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Bianca Turner
    Bianca Turnerabout 4 years ago

    ..beautiful capture, very well done!

  • much appreciated, BB xx

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsabout 4 years ago

    Love the light on the water, highlighting the gondolier!
    Hoping to get to Venice 2011 … inspiring image Karen :-)))

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeabout 4 years ago

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 4 years ago

    YAY!!!! Your work has been FEATURED IN POST CARD STYLE !!!
    Thanks for being a member!! We appreciate your work!!

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Great Work .!!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherabout 4 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • thank you so much Simone coming from you I feel honoured. :)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Normf
    Normfabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your well earned feature in "PostCard Style "! Well done, great image!

  • Thank you for your kind comment Normf :)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Hank Eder
    Hank Ederalmost 4 years ago

    “Through silken waters my gondola glides
    And the bridge, it sighs…”
    —From “A Song for Europe” by Roxy Music

    Beautiful image.

  • lovely words thank you Hank also for the fav!

    – Karen E Camilleri

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