photo by the storybeader in Bolzano
|The Bridge of Love|
Love padlocking can be traced to a Serbia pedestrian bridge called Most Ljubaviin, now know as the Bridge of Love. The story goes that a local schoolmistress fell in love with a Serbian officer during the war (this is World War I). The officer went off to war and fell in love with another woman. The schoolmistress died of a broken heart, and a superstition emerged among young girls. Wanting to protect their own loves, they would write down their lover's name and their own name on a padlock, and attach them to the railings of the bridge where the schoolmistress and officer first met. Years later, a Serbian poet (Desanka Maksimovic) wrote a poem about this ritual of binding padlocks to the bridge railing, and it became popular again. Now lovers throw their keys down into the river, never to be touched by another human, binding their love forever.
Love padlocking became popular in Rome and spread throughout Europe in the early 2000s. An Italian author by the name of Federico Moccia wrote a book called “I Want You”. I looked for it on Amazon, but couldn't find it. Here’s a video by sparklemachine from August 2011 about the love locks he saw in Paris, the city of love.
There are over 47,000 photographs of love padlocks on Flickr; here are just a few that were free to share under attribution/noncommercial/share alike conditions:
|photo by Mahmood Al-Yousif in Cologne|
On Cologne's Hohenzollern Bridge in Germany. This bridge has over 40,000 locks. So many in fact that authorities were worried whether the bridge could take the strain.
|photo by Jonathan Colman in Finland|
From a bridge in Finland.
|photo by Kevin Cawley in Seattle|
The tradition has even made its way across the ocean to the United States. This photograph was taken on a Seattle bridge.
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