'Love Locks' Ruined The Pont des Arts Bridge, Then Paris Authorities Did This

Paris is using love locks for a good purpose. 

'Love Locks' Ruined The Pont des Arts Bridge, Then Paris
Authorities Did This
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Paris: The City of Love is famous for its amazing Pont des Arts Bridge near the Seine River. For several years, the love locks bridge accommodated memories of a number of lovers who tied love locks to it. The tradition of tying love locks to the bridge started in 2008 but somehow padlocks made the bridge overloaded.

In 2015, Paris authorities took the decision of evacuating the love locks bridge. The romantic bridge carrying the wonderful memories of everlasting love got finally cleaned and is no more burdened with the padlocks now. Instead of discarding the love locks, the government is using them for a good purpose. Read on! 

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The love locks bridge had been carrying the memories of lovers for many years. 

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In 2008, couples started the tradition of signing their initials on a padlock, tying it on a railing of the romantic bridge and throwing the key in the Seine River. 

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Since then, the Pont des Arts Bridge became a symbol of love in Paris. 

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Millions of tourists visit Paris every year and almost every tourist couple pays a visit to the bridge for preserving their undying love in the form of padlock. Recommended story: 13 interesting facts about Paris every traveler must know 

Image of the couple clicking pictures at the Pont des Arts bridge, Paris. 

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Unfortunately, the romantic bridge in Paris failed to bear the weight of 45 to 65 tons mementos. 

In 2014, a railing of the love locks bridge got collapsed due to excess weight of padlocks. 

In 2014, a railing of the love locks bridge got collapsed
due to excess weight of padlocks. 
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The authorities of world's most romantic city were left with no other choice but to evacuate it. 

The practice of tying love locks got banned in Paris. 

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Couples were suggested to click selfies instead of overloading the romantic bridge with more love locks. 

However, there seemed to be no end to the love locks practice. 

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In 2015, the railings carrying love locks were replaced with sheets of plexiglass. 

More than a million padlocks were removed with the help of cranes. 

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Now the romantic bridge is no more burdened with the heavy love locks. 

The polluted Seine River also got cleaned as it was filled with millions of keys.

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The good news is that the world's most romantic city made a decision of not discarding the love locks and using them for a good cause. 

In 2016, 10 tons of love locks were used to raise money for supporting refugees in Paris. 

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Bruno Julliard, first deputy mayor of Paris stated at a press event, "Members of the public can buy five or 10 love locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price." 

The left out locks will be melted out and sold as a scrap metal in the market. 

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Couples can also buy their love locks back and treasure their love forever. Though the Pont des Arts bridge is clean now, still it continues to remain one of the most favorite destinations for tourists in Paris.

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