The Hertford Bridge in the Oxford University seems to have a similar structural design as that of the Venetian counterpart which is infamously called the “Bridge of Sighs”; thus, the pet name for this university bridge. Although it has a more striking resemblance to the Rialto Bridge, also in Venice, the students aptly named it after the former.
As I read through excerpts from information sites, particularly here, it was mentioned that a myth evolved from a survey that Hertford College’s students were quite heavy in built. Thus, when they closed the bridge to connect the two buildings, it made the students concerned to use the stairs giving them a chance for a physical makeover, and maybe in the process had “breaths of sighs”.
This is an interesting trivia I just read, all I remember is just breathing a sigh of awe when I saw this beautiful edifice as we walked the campus of Oxford University.
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