While in Venice, we toured The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale).   After seeing so much opulence and beauty there, we were then ushered to the prison area.  We crossed the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) while hearing stories of the people who crossed it only one time.  The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.   Ceilings are low and there is little room to move.  The prison cells are bleak and some still show markings on the walls by those who spent their last days there.  We were able to walk across the Bridge of Sighs a second time, a relief to be back on the side where freedom awaits.   I was also intrigued by the simple yet effective use of the metal rods on windows for security. 

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5 Responses to Enclosed

  1. preed913 says:

    I feel claustrophobic just reading about it.


  2. piriot says:

    Venice ia great. We are here in Venice just now again, with our Finnish friends this time.


  3. piriot says:

    with Diane we were lucky to see this palace and to imagine how the prisoners felt crossing the bridge. Those people, just a couple of hundred years ago might have spent their lives in poverty, they might not have carried out the crimes they were accused of, and for the first time, and the last, they saw some of the gloria of the wealthy people had there.


  4. Thanks for the commentary. Interesting unusual pictures of Venice.Just what I like.


  5. Sue Karski says:

    Very interesting historic place. Glad you got to see it up close. I walked by it and didn’t know until later. Thanks for the view.


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