Paris Permanently Removes Its Famous, But Not Beloved, "Love Locks" From The Pont Des Arts

Jun 3, 2015

The Point des Arts bridge in Paris, which spans the River Seine, has lost its "Love Locks," according to the Paris City Council. For most Parisians, the loss of these locks will be no love lost. Starting in 2008, tourists began attaching padlocks with the initials or names of couples written (or engraved) on them to the bridge and then casting the key into the Seine below, as a sign of eternal love.

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The locks have created quite a problem ever since. Although city workers have removed the locks several times, the bridge itself has collapsed in areas due to the weight of the locks. As of June 1, 2015, all locks were removed, and by fall, it will not be possible to affix padlocks to the bridge due to a plexiglass casing that is planned for the site.

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The bridge was made a national historic landmark on March 17, 1975 but was cited with several flaws sustained during WWI and WWII, and the bridge was closed for reconstruction. Then, after an accident in 1979 that caused much damage, the bridge was completely rebuilt in the early 1980s, with a similar design to the original. Then, in 1991, the entire Parisian riverfront, from the Eiffel Tower to the Ile Saint Louis, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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The Point des Arts bridge was closed for approximately a week to remove all of the locks, but locks will also be removed throughout the city, since the idea has spread.

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The city council stated that the phenomenon actually creates more than just a safety risk to visitors and Parisians but also "a lasting degradation of the heritage of Paris."

Via: Mashable

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