The famous Bridge of Sighs was designed by Antonio Contino and was built at the beginning of the 17th century. Made of white limestone the elegant Bridge of Sighs is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of bridge architecture in the world. Its arched profile, stretched over the Palazzo Rio canal, is one of Venice’s famous symbols.
There are two versions to how the bridge got its name.
Version 1: Condemned prisoners crossing the bridge,would “sigh” as they crossed, catching a glimpse of the outside world for the last time.
Version 2: If a couple kisses under the bridge while passing below on a gondola at sunset, their love will last forever. The “sighs” are said to come from couples who are overwhelmed by the romantic atmosphere.
Date: 2 June 2014