Venice Prison And Bridge Of Sighs

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs (Venice, Italy)

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs (Venice, Italy)

This image was made during a weekend trip to Venice with the intention of spending some time at the Biennale. Even being in company of some friends, as usual I ended up spending a lot of time during the night shooting when streets were completely empty.

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs - Close up canal (Venice, Italy)

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs – Close up canal (Venice, Italy)

I was very busy making an image of San Giorgio di Maggiore with gondolas from Saint Mark Square when I noticed a good friend looking at this canal. The last thing I expected to see was a prison in Venice.

Venice prison is called Piombi, and it is a former prison in the Doge’s Palace. The view from The Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts used to see before their imprisonment.

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs - Close up bridge (Venice, Italy)

Venice prison and Bridge of Sighs – Close up bridge (Venice, Italy)

There is a local legend that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile ring.

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