Construction of the Bridge of Sighs:

  The Bridge of Sighs was designed by Antonio Contin to connect the Doge's Palace to the New Prison (which was still under construction at the time the Bridge of Sighs was built). Unfortunately, Antonio Contin died before he could see it constructed. It is of neoclassical style with its most notable features the faces on the bottom-most part of the sides and its ornate windows. The name Bridge of Sighs was first given by Lord Byron from the idea that those who crossed it on the way to the New Prison would sigh upon looking out the windows as it was the last glimpse of Venice before being placed in prison. The picture is by Nino Barbieri (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 .( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons. It is free to copy and redistribute.

Associated Place(s)

Event date:

1600 to 1602