Walking on Charles bridge I noticed how the girls were coming to the post with love locks and touched the saint's figure. Were they dreaming of eternal love? Actually, I prefer the photo in WS, made two days earlier in sunny weather, but I hope that this one also fits well for Valentine Day.
There are varied explanations for the origin of love padlocks. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Ho voglia di te.
Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War II. 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 as a result of her unfortunate love.
On some locations the padlocks have been given almost legendary or superstitious character:
In Fengyuan, Taiwan love padlocks affixed to an overpass at the city's train station are often affixed in pairs. These locks are known as "wish locks" and local legend holds that the magnetic field generated by trains passing underneath will cause energy to accumulate in the locks and fulfill the wishes.
On a fountain in Montevideo in Uruguay, a plaque is affixed to the front of the fountain that provides an explanation in both English and Spanish. The English version of the text reads, "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."
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tyro (13043) 2013-02-14 2:01
Yes, a very appropriate picture and note for Valentine's Day!
This reminds me that when my youngest daughter became engaged in Rome about three years ago, she and her future husband placed a lock on a bridge in Rome. Unfortunately, I've recently read that the Rome authorities have since removed all the locks from there as they were causing damage to the ancient bridge.
But an interesting note and a fine photograph too with lots of fine colours and detail as well as background detail of Prague too.
Kind Regards and Happy Valentine's Day!
Sergiom (39148) 2013-02-14 6:03
Je crois que cette coutume se déplace de ville en ville à travers le monde. C'est surprenant quand on constate que la moitié des couples se sépare après quelques années.
adramad (27548) 2013-02-14 12:00
Very appropriate picture for this day, the composition is superb, the charm of the bridge we see the wonderful buildings in the background and in the WS, the beautiful holy board, asking the girl looks good wishes.
Very well managed light and optimum clarity.
Very well done.
I wish you a very happy day.
danos (73946) 2013-02-14 23:55
nice the see all these mainly young women to lock a love padlocks and to 'shine' with their hands the St. in the WS.Here in Greece we have not shuch customs as comparing with your informating note about the reasons which started appearing.
Have a good weekend,Danos
COSTANTINO (42744) 2013-02-15 4:41
interesting capture with useful notes
the composition is superb showing this
Charles bridge,very well managed light
dkmurphys (36737) 2013-02-15 7:16
Funny and charming detail from the bridge. I like your scene very much, well taken.
ikeharel (37254) 2013-02-16 1:58
Franky thisis new to me, as I do not remember seeing this iron frame with locks when we were there.
Probably mounted after 3/2009.
Nice the WS attached and this also gave a good glance on the bridge and town beyond.
maloutim (8606) 2013-02-21 0:49
This was a well-suited photo for St Valentine.
I like the happy look of the girl, as she is touching the saint , hoping that it will bring her the Love of her life :-)
Very good composition with the fine padlock structure against the famous city's sights and the bridge busy with strolling people.
Your WS is beautiful and a great omplementary photo to your post.
Thanks for sharing.