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In the 19th century, Lord Bryon gave the Bridge of Sighs its name, from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their last view of Venice before being locked in their cells. Made of white limestone, the bridge passes over Rio di Palazzo and connects the Prigioni Nuove to the interrogation rooms at the Doge’s Palace. Designed by Antonio Contino, it was built in the 1600s.