Ponte dei Squartai, Venice

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#192 of 198 in Historic Sites in Venice
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  • Small brick bridge, connecting the dorsoduro sestiere with that of Santa Croce, passing over the Rio del Magazèn. It owes its name to the custom of exposing 'a quarter' of the condemned to death by quartering (a widespread practice to punish those who had been guilty of horrendous crimes or against the person). The condemned man, after being tortured (they cut off his hands and cut his eyes) was placed in the middle of the two columns of Mark and Todaro and executed by sledgehammer or hanging; in the end he was tied to four horses that were galloped towards opposite parts, cutting the body into four parts, which were exposed to the four cantons of the city...
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  • And large and small bridges in the city, none of that is good taste. You can enjoy without knowing the name of each bridge and history
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