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