Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice

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  • Walking along riva degli Schiavoni is worth paying attention to the building next to the Palace of Doge - Palazzo delle Prigioni, which are connected to each other through the canal, the famous "Bridge of Sighs" (Ponte dei Sospiri). Palazzo Dukale was the concentration of all government agencies of the republic, including justice, and also had facilities for convicts detained. Beginning in the second half of the 16th century, it was decided to build a new building outside the Rio di Palazzo, fully designed for prison functions. Palazzo delle Prigioni (Pallazzo delle Prigioni) or 'Palace of Prisoners' was built in 1598 by Antonio da Ponte. The construction of a new prison, connected with the palace built thereafter, was intended to improve the conditions of prisoners in larger, more illuminated and ventilated cells.
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  • This “palace” is in actuality the prison, which is accessed via the Ponte dei Sospiri. It is worth visiting to see the cells of the condemned and the conditions in which they were incarcerated.  more »
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  • Dark and damp prison. Nice little piece of history. Not much too see but you can walk around and get a feel for what it must have been like to be a prisoner down here. You enter by crossing the Bridge of Sighs.
  • There is not much exebited here. But for me just walking through the maze of prison is impressive. The heavy wooden doors that could close not only the cells but also coridors are scary. So is the bridge of sights. But a little more information wpuld be good.
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