Love Locks – Origins and Whereabouts

We’re sure that you might have heard about love locks by now even if you are not necessarily a romantic. The tradition of fixing locks on metal fences or chains is believed to have originated in China, but it was rapidly adopted by multiple cultures from all over the world shortly after its widespread discovery. The Great Wall of China and the Yellow Mountains are some of the most famous places that boast love locks, and even though nobody knows any specifics regarding the origins of this lovely custom, many agree that it used to symbolize the locking of one’s soul and throwing away the key.

N Seoul Tower, Seoul, Korea 1

From a romantic point of view, lovers choose to link the padlocks together thus uniting their destinies, a practice that can be observed in numerous corners of Europe and North America such as Germany, France, England, Hawaii or New York.

In France, the bridges of  Pont des Arts and  Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris feature thousands of love padlocks, so many in fact that the  Paris Town Hall representatives  eventually stated concerns. The same happened in Germany with the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, but even though authorities would sometimes prefer to take the locks away for various reasons, public opinion usually proves the stronger force. Other popular places that have love locks include the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Yarra River bridges in Melbourne, Australia and the Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow, Russia. In Italy, the Ponte Milvio in Rome is renowned for its many love locks, while the Benvenuto Cellini statue in Florence is also surrounded by these symbolic trinkets. The Dutch, the Spanish and even the Ukrainians partake in this incredible celebration of love.

Benvenuto Cellini, Rome, Italy

Benvenuto Cellini, Rome, Italy

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Bryggebroen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bryggebroen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Donetsk, Ukraine

Donetsk, Ukraine

Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt, Germany

Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt, Germany

Hohenzollern, Köln, Germany

Hohenzollern, Köln, Germany

Köln, Germany 1

Köln, Germany

Huashan, China

Huashan, China

Luzhkov Bridge, Moscow, Russia

Luzhkov Bridge, Moscow, Russia

Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

Montevideo’s Locks Fountain, Uruguay

Montevideo’s Locks Fountain, Uruguay

Mount Huang, China 1

Mount Huang, China

N Seoul Tower, Seoul, Korea

N Seoul Tower, Seoul, Korea

Ngardmau Waterfall, Palau

Ngardmau Waterfall, Palau

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Paris

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Paris

Pittsburgh, United States

Pittsburgh, United States

Pont de l''Archevêché, Paris, France

Pont de l”Archevêché, Paris, France

Pont des Arts, Paris, France

Pont des Arts, Paris, France

Ponte Milvio, Rome, Italy

Ponte Milvio, Rome, Italy

Praque, Czech Republic 1

Praque, Czech Republic

The Bridges of Lübeck, Germany

The Bridges of Lübeck, Germany

Yarra River Bridges, Melbourne

Yarra River Bridges, Melbourne

 

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