The Bridge of Sighs has become famous for its baroque beauty, it’s sad history, and probably a bit of poetic license by the Romantic writers whose letters have contributed so much to the romantic aura of Venice.
The bridge is a very pleasant solution to a very grim problem. In 1600, Venice’s prisons for common criminals were being moved from the ground floor of the Doge’s Palace to a building across a narrow canal from the Palace. The question was how to get the inmates who had just had confessions wrung out of them in the torture chamber into the new prison. A passageway-cum-bridge was needed.
A young architect named Antonio Contino was chosen for the job. His creation is a small, enclose span of white limestone with stone bars covering the windows.
The little Baroque bridge – the only covered bridge in Venice – quickly entered into Venetian lore as the Ponte dei Sospiri, or as Lord Byron translated it, “Bridge of Sighs.” #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #venice #italy #europe #eurotrip #bridgeofsighs #baroque