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Bridge of Sighs by Tom Gomez

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The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, northern Italy. Built in 1602, the enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.

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 through 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 eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
Handheld

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Featured in : THE GROUP-GALLERY OF ART & PHOTOGRAPHY : 29 Apr 13
Featured in : ZINGERS : 30 Apr 13
Featured in : European Everyday Life : 3 May 13
Featured in : PostCards-Destinations : 4 May 13
Featured in : Ancient Relics Customs and Sites : 23 May 13
Featured in : Visions of Italy : 16 Jun 13

Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    great shot Tom

  • Thank you kindly Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    Lovely

  • Thank you so much Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Excellent use of light! Impressve way to show this

  • Thank you my friend…

    – Tom Gomez

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 1 year ago

    I LOVE IT !

  • Thank you dear Guendalyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    How I long to see these wonders for real Tom…………………………..beautiful as always………………………..x

  • Thank you dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 1 year ago


    Excellent Image! 04/29/2013
    Absolutely gorgeous work of art and creativity!
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  • Thank you so much Deborah …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 1 year ago

    Major fave !

  • Thank you so much Elfriede …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Great shot and love the title, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Dorothy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 1 year ago

    Tom
    I like the angle you used on this, not the straight shot from the middle of the bridge…from right towards left

  • Thank you kindly Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

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