Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Italy Blog #14: Doge's Prison and Bridge of Sighs

Entrance to the Doge's Prison
In this 14th blog we're taking down into the prisons of Venice's Doge's Palace and crossing the  famous Bridge of Sighs.

DECENT INTO THE DOGE'S PRISONS - Below the palace, once convicted in the Hall of the 10 (see previous blog), prisoners could be brought downstairs to the prisons. 
   Known as I Pozzi (the wells), the dank and barren prison cells of the Doge's Palace were located on the ground floor. When it was determined, in the late 16th century, that more prison cells were needed, the Venetian government began construction on a new building called the Prigioni Nuove (New Prisons). 

Looking into a prison cell.

 A LOT OF ENERGY THERE - Since I (Rob) was sick with a bad sinus infection, my senses for the paranormal weren't working 98% percent of the time. However, I did feel light-headed at the entrance to the prison - feeling the fear, dread and anxiety of people who were being brought in  to be imprisoned there. Tom mentioned that he felt a particularly strong heaviness in one cell. 
Looking out from the Bridge of Sighs

THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS - The famous Bridge of Sighs was built as an walkway between the palace and the prison, and is accessed via the Sala del Maggior Consiglio on the second floor.  The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars

The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.  Tom took a picture from inside the bridge, looking out over a canal. 

LEGEND OF THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS - A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark's Campanile toll.

NEXT:  Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower) 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next