Love Locks – Symbol of Love or Vandalism!

The love locks/padlocks have always been treated by authorities as litter or vandalism. The reason provided are costly to remove, problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage, negative aesthetic value, structural concerns, distractions etc. These reasons sound ridiculously immature to me, what about you?

What is love lock and History –
A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

The history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years to a melancholy Serbian tale of World War I, with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love) in spa town of Vrnjačka Banja. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. In rest of Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. [Source Wikipedia]

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3 thoughts on “Love Locks – Symbol of Love or Vandalism!

  1. No, I think the love locks are sweet thing to do and to see as well. The problem maybe by throwing the key to the river or sea – which means littering, this one bothers me most than putting the lock on the bridge fences/gates 🙂 I like the history behind it, bitter sweet. Lovely pictures too.

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