There are many places in the world called the Bridge of Sighs, but the one you should visit in your lifetime is the one in Venice. The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte Dei Sospiri) is a Baroque stone bridge located on the side of the Ducal Palace near Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.
Several bridges span the canal waterway, and the Bridge of Sighs is a sealed arch bridge building. People can only view the outside through small windows on the bridge. The Bridge of Sighs connects the court and the prison. When death row inmates pass through this bridge, it is often the moment before their execution. Countless death row prisoners lamented the end of their lives here.
It is one of Venice's most famous ancient stone bridges and even in the world. Since ancient times, countless politicians, artists, poets, etc., have walked across the bridge or passed under this bridge by boat. This landmark is today also a symbol of history and romance. Let's learn more about its size and designs here.
Size and Features of The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most famous sights in Venice. The bridge in Venice has not known for its miniature size but has become the most famous attraction due to its special location and entire historical structure. At the left end of the bridge is the Municipal Palace of Venice, which was the seat of the Court of the Republic of Venice and the Doge's Palace; on the right is the Prison for Serious Offenders, which was a closed stone prison. It is said that none of the prisoners who entered this prison were able to come out alive.
The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1600-1603 and was named after the sighs of death row prisoners on the bridge. Antonio Contino designed and built the Bridge of Sighs in 1600. The carved decoration of the bridge body is very ornamental, and it is made of white limestone. The design of the Bridge of Sighs is the early Baroque style with a covered dome, and there are only two small windows with white stone bars on both sides of the walking chamber.
Dimensions of the Bridge of Sighs
Famous Italian architect Antonio Contin designed this 11 meters (36 feet) long stone bridge to have a single arch and stylish outdoor decorations made from Istrian stone. The bridge's width is only about 0.9 meters and 0.7 meters above the canal.
|Length||11 m (36 ft)|
The bridge was originally called Sunset Bridge. Many tourists from all over the world pass under the bridge at sunset. The name "Bridge of Sighs" is known by romantic poet Byron's "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." According to locals, the name of the bridge comes from the fact that prisoners often sigh when they see the city of Venice for the last time in the rest of their lives. Over centuries, the Bridge of Sighs is still part of the same prison complex that connects the main building of New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the nearby interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace.