History of Love Padlock and Notable Locations

Love locks also known as Love padlocks are a symbol of love and commitment.  According to Wikipedia love lock or love padlock is believed to have originated in China  –  a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts and then throw away the key symbolically locking their love forever.  

Normally, the sweethearts' initials or names are written on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.
Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are now mostly treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are authorities who embrace them, and who use them as fundraising projects or tourism attractions.

The history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years to a melancholic Serbian tale of
World War I, with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi meaning the Bridge of Love in the 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 women from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own lovers, they started writing down their names, 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 the rest of Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s as a ritual or
epidemy. The reasons love padlocks started to appear to vary between locations and in many instances are unclear.

Notable locations

Lovelock tree, Beaulieu Palace House
One of many purpose-built iron trees on a bridge across the Vodootvodny Canal in Moscow completely covered in love padlocks

Love padlocks on Pont des Arts, Paris

Love padlocks by night on Butchers' Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Love-locks in KołobrzegParsętaPoland

Love-locks in Suseong Lake, Daegu, South Korea

Love padlocks in Algiers have been removed by some boys

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