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.
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.