There doesn’t seem to be an exact date that it started but the sightings of love locks on bridges, railings overlooking famed icons or just scattered randomly have continued to grow around the world. From Paris to Cologne, Seoul to Chile, the craze continues to flourish.
I’ve never locked a padlock on anything fancier than my school locker, but these colourful, often engraved, pieces of metal endear me.
The time some people must put in to find the perfect lock, the markers they may have engraved, and how far people travel to place their locks in a special place, a declaration of their love.
It’s such a simple recipe – just lock the padlock, throw the keys into the water of the river and your love will last eternally – sounds almost too simple, right?
While many countries are concerned about the locks damaging the bridges and threatening to remove any of the lovelocks placed – like on Paris’ Pont de l’Archevêché – Finland’s capital, Helsinki, passed laws in 2010 allowing lovelocks on the cities bridges; a huge win to lovers and lovelock appreciatiors.
While lovelocks are allowed on any of the cities bridges one bridge is particularly popular despite its small size.
Rakkauden Silta – Helsinki’s Bridge of Love – crosses over a narrow section of the Vantaa river at Vanhankaupunginkoski, beneath the imposing Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.
Even amidst a snow storm and -16 degree temperatures I had fun looking at the messages of undying love on the petite but busy bridge and wondered when I’d return to place a lock, a reminder of love, as well.
No matter what you think of these locks of love – artistic, romantic, tragic or as graffiti – the lovelock trend continues to grow.
I suppose there are worse ways to declare your undying love to the world.
Now it’s over to you:
What do you think of love locks?
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?
Rakkauden Silta is located beneath the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.
If you are travelling by car, ask to be taken to the restaurant Ravintola Sipuli. The bridge is out the front.
From the city centre, tram 4 and 4T stop just a short walk away from the bridge.