Love Locked Bridges
There’s no better way to symbolise your love for that special person in your life than locking it to one of these romantic bridges. Carving both of your names on the lock before locking it to the bridge has become somewhat of a tradition and is quickly growing around the world.
The custom started around 100 years ago in Serbia after a young woman broke up with a soldier, who was on the front line. Since then young girls who wanted to protect their love sought to ‘lock in their love’ on bridges in the town. The tradition declined and was only reignited when a poem called ‘A Prayer for Love’ was written, since then the tradition has swept the world one bridge at a time.
Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché
Paris is the most popular city to ‘lock in your love’ in the world; it’s estimated that there are roughly 700,000 locks attached to fences and bridges around the French capital. The most popular place for romantics to attach these symbols of love are to these two bridges, the Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché.
A relatively new place for loved ones to fix their love locks to the bridge, is the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne. Started by locals, the tradition quickly spread and now attracts thousands of tourists every year. It’s estimated that all of the locks on the bridge weigh over 2 tonnes with more being added every day.
One of the oldest bridges spanning the Great Canal in Venice, the Rialto Bridge is a beautifully sculpted feature of the city. One of only 4 links between the districts of San Marco, San Polo and the Rialto market, it’s one of the most stunning attractions in all of Venice. Over 20,000 pad-locks have been counted on the bridge since 2006 and even though the local authorities remove them they keep re-appearing.
In the Russian capital of Moscow, the Luzhkov Bridge takes a different stand on the love locks. Instead of attaching them to the side of the bridge, locals and tourists have started clamping the locks to the metal trees. At the start there was only one tree however, that quickly filled and now there is a whole forest of metal trees down the middle of the Luzhkov Bridge containing thousands of locks.
The European tradition has now made it over the Atlantic to the Big Apple. Since 2010 couples have attached the symbols of affection to Brooklyn Bridge then thrown the keys into the East River below. A romantic gesture showing that as long as the bridge is standing their love will carry on.