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Love Locks

The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Seine and links the Institute du France and the Palais du Louvre.

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

The original bridge was built in the early 1800’s under the reign of Napoleon 1. It was the first metal bridge of its kind in Paris. In 1976 the bridge was found to have multiple deficiencies due to bombardments that took place during World War 1 and World War 2 as well as many collisions by boats. The bridge was closed to pedestrians in 1977 and suffered  a partial collapse when a barge rammed into it.

The present bridge was constructed between 1981 and 1984. Today the bridge is also a gathering for artists, painters and photographers with frequent art exhibitions taking place. It’s also famous for the love locks that cover the length of the bridge. Couples place a lock with their names engraved on them on the bridge and then throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture. The problem in recent years is that weight of the locks have started to damage the bridge and in fact in June of this year part of the bridge parapet collapsed under all that weight.

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

 

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24 responses

  1. We bought a lock to take with us, but I didn’t know the part about the key. It’s a combination lock LOL! Oh well, it’s better than nothing :).

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    July 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

  2. My first sighting of these small tokens of affection was on the Golden Gate Bridge a few years ago. But these are truly omnipresent in a sweeping gesture to nature and human nature.

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    July 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

  3. Wow! That’s a lot of weight! Never thought it would collapse, great story and pictures, Edith!

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    July 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

  4. Jatin Adlakha

    woah, that’s crazy, that’s awesome! 🙂

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    July 30, 2014 at 7:54 am

  5. Impressive, isn’t it?
    This is my view of that bridge: https://solaner.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/lock-up-the-love/

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    July 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

  6. Sid - The Wanderer

    So interesting!
    http://www.sid-thewanderer.com

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    July 30, 2014 at 11:56 am

  7. Great shots Edith. The phenom seems to have gone global. Do you know if it all started in Paris?

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    July 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  8. Len

    I have heard of this before and you have conveyed through these images of how cool it is. I have to get to Paris some day.

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    July 31, 2014 at 7:55 am

  9. How cool is this? Nice photos, Edith!
    This is a great idea and you captured the scene perfectly.

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    July 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

  10. I just love the whole idea of those locks, and these photographs are really wonderful, Edith.

    Have a great weekend!

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    August 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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