The Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine, (which has become a bridge where lovers go to express their love with an initialed padlock), in central Paris was closed for a few hours on Sunday after a metal grill laden with padlocks left by amorous couples collapsed onto the walkway.
Padlocks began appearing on bridges in Paris and other European cities more than five years ago left by people seeking to symbolise their enduring love - often inscribed with couples' names. Lovers typically throw the keys into the river.
There was a similar incident last year. No one was hurt in the incident.
An update from the NYT on my favorite bridge in Paris!
A just-married couple posed for photos on Pont des Arts, one of the bridges to which lovers attach padlocks symbolic of undying love.CreditThibault Camus/Associated Press
On Bridges in Paris, Clanking With Love
PARIS — Johannes and Melissa. David and Michaela. Ben and Justin.
These are a few of the names written on thousands of metal padlocks attached to the railings of the Pont des Arts, one of the most beautiful of the bridges spanning the Seine as it winds through Paris.
The keys have long since been tossed into the water by those who attached the locks to the bridge, most of them couples who hoped that they would be, as the words on one lock put it, “Locked in love forever.”