Love Bridge

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A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which couples lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.

Typically their ames or initials, and perhaps the date, are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away (often into the 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.Interestingly, the tradition of love locks started not in Paris but in Hungary. The legend goes that a woman who had lost her lover during World War I started fixing padlocks on bridges where they used to meet. It was her way of expressing that her love was unbreakable.

Pretoria got its own love bridge during September 2014. The bridge is already loaded with lots of symbolic locks... and you kan still add your own lock to the bridge!

A lock is a symbol of eternity, safety, protection... and what better way to let someone know that you "lock" your love to him/her with an engraved lock on a love bridge?

Unfortunately it's not possible for everyone to fly to Paris, France for a weekend to put their lock on the Pont des Arts and toss the key in to the Seine. This romantic practice has travelled throughout the world and thanks to the initiative of Liezel van der Merwe, INTIEM magazine's managing editor, couples can now also do it in South Africa!

Love Bridge is FREE and open to the public in Magnolia Dell in the heart of Pretoria. Enjoy a cappuccino at Huckleberry’s and put your lock on the bridge.

Buy your own lock at any hardware stor like Builders Warehouse, and get it engraved at most jewelers or engraving businesses.