Bridge of Sighs

  • Bridge of Sighs

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The Bridge of Sighs is a baroque bridge of the seventeenth century built in Istrian stone that connects the Doge's Palace with the New Prisons, the first building in the world built specifically to be a prison. Legend has it that the name comes from the prisoners' sighs that crossing it they saw for the last time the outside world because once convicted in the Republic of the Doges ‘you could not be released'. There are many imitations of the Bridge of Sighs: some structures in England, in colleges at Cambridge and Oxford, in Lima, Peru ( "puente de los Suspiros") and in New York a copy exists, which serves as a link between two buildings in a skyscraper clearly inspired by the bell tower of San Marco.

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