Bridge of Sighs: Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Santa Barbara Photo of the Week by Bill Heller.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in California. However this wing, unlike the others, is much more beautiful on the outside. The tower and the rest of the wing on the right of this photo were the former county jail. The bridge connecting the main part of the courthouse to the Jail wing is called the “Bridge of Sighs” after a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri) in Venice, Italy. It was the bridge that was said to be the last view prisoners would have of beautiful Venice before they were led to their cells, and so they would sigh as they saw the last glimpse of the beautiful city.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California Historical Landmark NO. 1037.

-Bill Heller

About Bill Heller

Bill Heller is a local photographer who has been contributing to the Santa Barbara View since February, 2009. His photographs, virtual reality photos, and innovative video techniques showcase our beautiful City and County on a weekly basis. You can visit Bill's website at,

6 Responses to Bridge of Sighs: Santa Barbara County Courthouse

  1. Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Wow! The most beautiful building in all of Santa Barbara! Bill, the new clock mural is open for viewing and quite beautiful.

  2. el_smurfo April 15, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    If they’re going to clickjack your comments, they should at least use your logo for their icon rather than “on the web”.

  3. Axman April 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Santa Barbara View should change any link that EdHat tries to clickjack so it comes up broken on their site.

  4. SB Seashells April 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Stunning! Had to tweet this one out!!

  5. Pamela April 16, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I used to dance on the steps of this building growing up. It is one of the most beautiful buildings and settings in the world. I now live in Spain, and this building and view rival anything here.

  6. mk April 16, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    On the near side of the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was a box in which people could anonymously drop slips of paper accusing others of all sorts of crimes. We don’t have that … instead, we have the internet.