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Photo by eyesoftheworld

Posted on February 10, 2012 in Photos

A recent romantic phenomenon that seems like an old-world tradition can be viewed on bridges, fences, and railings around the world. Padlocks called “love locks”, inscribed with couples’ names, first appeared in Rome on the Ponte Milvio, or was it on the Most Ljubavi in Serbia? There are enough different theories on how they started that we'll probably never know for sure. We do know that they're generally not popular with authorities seeking to maintain the architectural heritage or structural soundness of the infrastructure they're affixed to. In a testament to love, or the unstoppable force that is tourists, the locks often return after any official removal.

Love 'em or hate 'em, they truly are a world-wide phenomenon. IgoUgo members have observed love locks everywhere from the Great Wall in China to the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. Here's fizzytom's summary of them, starting with the Butchers' Bridge in Ljubljana:

"The thing people most associate with the Butchers' Bridge is something that is not actually part of the design. Soon after it opened, couples started to attached customised padlocks to the cables of the bridge; if you've been to Paris you may have seen something similar on the Pont des Artes (this also happens in Pecs in Hungary, and on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence; it also used to happen in Moscow but the authorities have now prevented couples attaching locks to the Luzhkov Bridge by adding some thick iron bars). Some people have even attached their padlocks to some of the animal sculptures. I love the way that something that was never intended to be here has become the thing that most visitors stop to look at; it makes the bridge a very democratic piece of architecture that feels very much as if it belongs to the people of Ljubljana.”

Share any sightings you've had in the comments, especially if you added a lock with a special someone yourself!

At the Love Wall in Verona, Italy

Photo by pietropecco

Photo by chewyorange

Namson Tower in Seoul, South Korea

Photo by Owen Lipsett

Photo by Composthp

Photo by evo2887. Note the sign: DO NOT THROW YOUR KEY AWAY

Pont des Arts Bridge near the Lourvre in Paris, France

Photo by Meghan0121

Along the trail in Cinque Terre, Italy

Photo by chewyorange

Photo by eyesoftheworld

At the Natural Bridge in Zhangjiajie, China

Photo by Composthp

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Photo by airynfaerie

Photo by airynfaerie

On the bridges of New York City, USA

Photo by Dutchnatasja

Photo by eyesoftheworld

Bastion Hill Park in Riga, Latvia

Photo by calnor

At the Great Wall, north of Beiging City, China

Photo by Nicky Mc

Butchers' Bridge in Ljublijana, Slovenia

Photo by fizzytom

By Anna Welch (eyesoftheworld)


Comment by eyesoftheworldStaff on March 7, 2012

More love locks in Paris, from member two cruisers: Great pic!


Comment by eyesoftheworldStaff on September 13, 2012

They have cut the locks off the Ponte Milvio in Rome!

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