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Three girls considering the locks. Love padlocks have existed in Europe for some time as a symbol of the wish for one's love to be eternal. 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 I. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnja?ka 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 up their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died as a result of her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnja?ka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. This story is understood to be the start of the tradition. There are many bridges in the Europe where love-padlocks are seen - and now the meaning/significance has grown to include any lasting relationship - between lovers, between parents and their children and between friends. I have seen padlocks from lovers, who then added another when they married and even more as the family added new members. This particular set of photographs is from Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany. Taken on new year's day - 1st January 2012.
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- Köln (Cologne), Deutschland (Germany)