The Bridge of Sighs (you can only see the bottom part of it in the foreground) 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.
A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge Of Sighs.(wikipedia)
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mariposa (786) 2012-12-11 7:53
Julia, your photo is enchanting, despite the tourist crowd. You have managed to capture so many things, which all of it together still build mystery. Very well done! :)
batalay (35367) 2013-05-27 7:56
I love this unusual vantage point for this photo. You must have been in a gondola. With hundreds of other tourists, we were on the small marble bridge looking at gondolas under the Bridge of Sighs exactly two earlier on 29 Sept. 2012. (That's my wife, Carol Jean, and grand-daughter, Amelia, with me.)