The Lion of Venice is also known as the Lion of Saint Mark; maybe this is because it is situated in Saint Mark’s Square in the historic city centre, and it serves as the city’s symbol since it came to Venice in the 12th century.
The column on which it sits was built in the later 13th century (1268).
The prison was originally inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice in the wells, where it was suffocating and pest-ridden, and in the Piombi, under the palazzo’s conductive roof, where it was extremely hot in the summertime and freezing in the winter.
Nowadays, when you pay a visit to Venice, you will notice that the prison of the Ducale Palace is now connected to the palace by the bridge also known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
The Bridge of Sighs connected to the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square in the city of Venice overlooks the lagoon and the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore and caused prisoners to sigh when they catch their last glimpse of freedom as they pass into their cells in the prison from the courtroom of the palace.
There are eleven museums that are monitored and are under the supervision of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) is one of the most important landmarks of Venice, now open as a museum as of 1923.