A love lock or love padlock is a padlock that significant other pairs lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts' names or initials, and perhaps the date, are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away (often into a nearby river) to symbolize unbreakable love.
Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are now mostly treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are authorities who embrace them, and who use them as fundraising projects or tourist attractions.
Love locks on Ponte Milvio, Rome Italy
Love locks in Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy
Love locks on the gate of the Canale delle Moline in Via Oberdan, Bologna, Italy
Love locks on Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
Love padlocks on Father Bernatek Pedestrian Bridge, Krakow, Poland
Love locks on the "Ponte del Mare", Pescara, Italy
Love locks on the bridge to the St. Pauli Piers, Hamburg, Germany
Close up of some love locks on an iron tree on the boulevard, Baku, Azerbaijan
Iron padlock tree on the boulevard, Baku, Azerbaijan
Love heart of Odessa on the Mother in law bridge ,Odessa, Ukraine
Buddha shaped love lock on the "Love heart of Odessa", Odessa, Ukraine
Love locks in the Metropolitan Nativity Cathedral Park in Chișinău, Moldova
Love locks on the Marko-Feingold-Steg bridge, Salzburg, Austria