Locks are often associated with security and protection; however they are also a huge symbol for love and commitment. This Valentine’s Day here at KeytekTM locksmiths we are looking at Love Locks, an ancient custom where couples secure a padlock to a public object, commonly a bridge or a gate, and throw away the key as a representation of indestructible love.
The history of padlocks being secured to bridges as a symbol of love dates back over 100 years, with one of the earliest mentions of the tradition being at the Most Ljubavi bridge in Serbia, as a result of a tragic Serbian tale of two lovers. Love Locks have proliferated all over the world since the early 2000’s and have repeatedly been regarded as vandalism by local authorities due to the damage they can cause, however there are still various locations where the Love Locks tradition has been kept alive.
Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France
The infamous bridge over the river Seine, situated in the city of love is undoubtedly the most famous Love Locks locations in the world. Over the years the Pont des Arts Bridge saw hundreds of thousands of honeymooning tourists and local sweethearts secure padlocks and throw away the key as a symbol of their eternal love, however in 2012 part of the bridge collapsed as a result of the extra weight, which supposedly amounted to the weight of 20 elephants. Unfortunately due to structural hazards Parisian officials removed locks from the bridge and made it illegal for locks to be fixed to the bridge in the future.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York
New York is undoubtedly one of the most romanticised locations in the United States, with the Brooklyn Bridge featuring in numerous popular movies along with the New York City skyline. The bridge became a common location for Love Locks however due to damage it is officially illegal to secure padlocks to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Vodootvodny Canal, Moscow, Russia
The Vodootvodyn Canal was built in the 1780s in effort to control floods and assist shipping. Unlike Love Locks traditions practiced in New York and Paris, couples visiting Moscow secure a padlock onto man-made metal trees lining the banks of the canal.
N Seoul Tower, Seoul, South Korea
N Seoul Tower is one of the iconic symbols of Seoul, South Korea, and has become an extremely prominent location for couples. Similar to the Love Locks custom practiced in Moscow, seven man-made ‘love trees’ are situated on the terraces of the tower which are capable of carrying the weight of padlocks as opposed to the fences on the tower.
Love Fountain, Montevideo, Uruguay
Situated in a busy commercial street in Uruguay’s capital city, is a fountain adorned with Love Locks. Placed on the fountain is a plaque that reads in both English and Spanish “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.”
While the Lock Locks tradition is heart warming and presents a sentimental symbol for the traditional lock, it is important to remember the initial purpose of the lock is to provide security and protection for its user. Here at Keytek® we value the importance of adequate home security, starting with the locks on your doors. Call a local locksmith today to carry out a full home security and insurance compliance check on 03303320589 or visit keytek.co.uk today!