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Bridge of Sighs

noun
1.
a bridge in Venice across which prisoners were formerly led for trial in the ducal palace.
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Bridge of Sighs

noun
1.
a covered 16th-century bridge in Venice, between the Doges' Palace and the prisons, through which prisoners were formerly led to trial or execution
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bridge in Venice, Italy, spanning the narrow canal (Rio di Palazzo) between the Doge's Palace and the prisons. It was built about 1600 by the architect Antonio Contino. The enclosed passageway was so called from the "sighs" of the prisoners who passed over it.

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