Bridge of Sighs


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Bridge of Sighs,

covered stone bridge in Venice, Italy, built in the 16th cent. to connect the ducal palace with the state prison. The prisoners were led over the bridge directly to prison after trial in the ducal palace.

Bridge of Sighs

passage from Doge’s court to execution chamber in Renaissance Venice. [Ital. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 121]

Bridge of Sighs

a covered 16th-century bridge in Venice, between the Doges' Palace and the prisons, through which prisoners were formerly led to trial or execution
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Above: Magdalen College; (below) the Hertford Bridge, aka the Bridge of Sighs Facing page: Christ Church War Memorial Garden
The palace housed not only the Doge's apartments, the seat of the government and the city's courtrooms, but also a jail, and yes, what is now called the "Bridge of Sighs" because it is said prisoners who walked here on the way to their execution would look out the window and sigh as they viewed the lagoon one last time.
The road by the infamous Bridge of Sighs between Government Buildings and Leinster House becomes a popular watching point during Cabinet appointments and reshuffles.
In which Italian city can the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Cathedral be found?
This is an elegant hotel dating back to the 16th century with a private water landing and views of the Bridge of Sighs. The package includes one free night, private resort transfers and return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways.
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From St Mark's Square to the Rialto, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace, Venice is a remarkable location, full of architectural, religious and historical treasures that only somewhere like Rome could hope to match.
LEISURE: Jorge Jimenez, 43, and his wife, Yomari Jimenez, 38, walk across the "Bridge of Sighs" on MSC Cruises' newest ship, Seaside, as it was docked at PortMiami.
I entered my teens and was utterly mesmerised by The Bridge of Sighs also known as Ponte dei Sospiri by Venetians.
Now a museum, visitors can admire 14th century sculptures, visit the Doge's apartments, admire elaborately carved ceilings and marvel at the Bridge of Sighs - you can only imagine how impressive it all must have looked in its prime!
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Trower, who left Procol Harum before its best-known song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," was recorded, had his solo breakthrough with his second album, "Bridge of Sighs," released in 1974.