1. Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2. Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice, Italy
Covering the Rio di Palazzo, the Bridge of Sighs connects the interrogation rooms with the old Doge’s Palace prison. The bridge was made entirely of limestone between 1600 and 1603. The name we know today was the invention of the British poet Byron, suggesting that detainees would sigh as they crossed it and looked at the city of Venice for the last time.
Famous all over the world, the Bridge of Sighs is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Venice. It can only be captured on cameras from the Rio di Palazzo itself, the Canonica Bridge, or the Ponte Della Paglia. Its curved, suspended profile is one of the city’s landmarks. In connection with the legends of the town, more or less invented for marketing reasons, today it is a symbol of romance and one of the favorite destinations of gondoliers.
3. Pont Neuf, Paris, France
4. Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain
With a canyon 20 meters deep above the Guadalevín River, Puento Nuevo Bridge is an iconic bridge in the unique mountain town of Ronda, Spain. The bridge took a total of 42 years to build, completed in 1751. There are a total of three bridges spanning the canyon, and Puento Nuevo is the newest and largest one of them – and it is also the most visited.
It is known throughout the world for its chamber above the central arch, which was used as a prison and torture chamber during the 1936-1939 civil war. Today it contains a fascinating exhibition of the history and construction of the bridge.