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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Piombi (The Leads in English) is a former prison adjacent to the Doge's Palace in Venice. The name refers to the upper part of the building under a roof that was covered with slabs of lead. In winter, these slabs let the cold pass and they acted as a catalyst in the summer heat, imposing harsh conditions for inmates.

The prison building still stands. It is separated from the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs. In 1755, Casanova made a famous escape from the prison.



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