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    The Bridge of SIghs/ Ponte dei Sospiri

    The Bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the Interrogation Rooms in the Doge Palace (Or shall we call them Torture Chambers?)

    One may be excused for entertaining the romantic myth of a Bridge of Sighs being a place where young lovers holding hands over the parapet swearing eternal love, but the reality is all too different. The view from the Bridge was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their incarceration or execution. It will surprise no one that a large proportion of the condemned were innocent and were condemned on false testimony or confessions obtained under torture.

    The bridge was given its name, by Byron suggesting that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their sunless cells awaiting life imprisonment in utter darkness or beheading.
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