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Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of sighs)

Ponte dei Sospiri

Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

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"Ponte dei Sospiri " (Bridge of Sighs) was built in the 16th century. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It connects the old prisons with the rooms of the Doge's Palace where prisoners were interrogated.
The name was given by Lord Byron in the 20th century, refering to the prisoner's last sigh, upon their last look at Venice, before they were taken down to their cells.
Today, the "Bridge of Sighs" is very popular among young lovers. According to a local legend, if they kiss under the bridge in a gondola at sunset, they are guaranteed eternal love.


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