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In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers
    Paris: Lovers across history and time have tried innovative ways to seal their love in a symbol of unbreakable bond. From Mughal Emperor Shahjahan to young lovers scribbling their names on the walls of historical monuments- lovers have tried to give a permanent shape to this fragile and eternal phenomenon, called Love.
    In a tradition, started in Europe in 2000, lovers started affixing locks to public fixtures like- fence, gate, bridges or railings, as a symbol of their love.
    Though there are numerous instances in history of this tradition. But, it became a practice only as recently as the early 2000.
    Initially restricted to Europe the practice has become common across the globe. Paris' Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge over the River Seine, is one such location where couples have placed numerous locks as a mark of sealing their love in an eternal unbreakable bond.
    The practice involves couple writing their name on the lock and fixing it the railing of Pont des Arts bridge. The key is then thrown in the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love.
    However, like all love stories, this too had its share of ups and downs. In May 2010, Paris Town hall expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l'Archevêché bridges, stating: "they raise problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage".
    The lovelocks of the Pont des Arts mysteriously disappeared during the night of 11 May 2010, but the Administration denied responsibility, until it was discovered that they had been removed by a student of the nearby École des Beaux-Arts to make a sculpture. Love locks immediately began appearing on the Pont de l'Archevêché.
  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, a couple embraces as they enjoy sunset on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks clipped by lovers over the River Seine in Paris.

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond
    In the picture, a couple embraces as they enjoy sunset on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks clipped by lovers over the River Seine in Paris.
     
  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, a couple embraces as they enjoy sunset on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks clipped by lovers over the River Seine in Paris.

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, a couples embrace as they enjoy sunset on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks clipped by lovers over the River Seine in Paris.

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond
    In the picture, people enjoy sunset on the banks of the River Seine on a sunny summer evening in Paris.
     
  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, tourist boats travel on the River Seine on a sunny summer evening in Paris.

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond
    In the picture, couples embrace as they enjoy sunset on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks clipped by lovers over the River Seine in Paris.
     
  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, love Padlocks affixed at the N Seoul Tower with a sign prohibiting people throwing their key out from the 236.7 m (777 ft) elevated platform.

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    In the picture, love padlock talismans at Ponte dell'Accademia (Venice).

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    One of many purpose-built iron trees on a bridge across the Vodootvodny Canal in Moscow completely covered in love padlocks.
     
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    Ponte Milvio, Rome, Italy

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    Praque, Czech Republic

  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond
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    Mount Huang, China
  • In Pics: Paris bridge were lovers 'lock' their love in an undying bond

    Love padlocks on the bridge, view on the Louvre side