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The Bridge of Sighs reaches across the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. Designed by Antoni Contino in 1602, this bridge was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The name, Bridge of Sighs, was applied by Lord Byron in the 19th century, implying that prisoners would sigh at their final breathtaking view of magnificent Venice through the window before being locked away. Realistically, the bridge was built after the time of inquisitions and executions, with the prisons actually holding only minor offenders. Plus, little can be seen from the stone windows of the bridge. Nevertheless, the name is clever, and the bridge is a beautiful piece of Venetian architecture and history.

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