Monday, February 02, 2009

Locks of love

Just stumbled upon this phenomenon while looking for "girly desktop pictures" to use on some fake screenshots for work. (This is the first post I have ever written with the tag "love". I am so unromantic. Will try to work on that in the next 12 days).
Beginning in the 1980s, in the centre of the southern Hungarian city of Pécs, lovers began to clamp padlocks to a wrought-iron fence in a narrow street linking the mosque in the city's main square and the magnificent medieval cathedral, as a symbol of their commitment to one another. However, after the fence was completely covered and no more padlocks could be added, couples, both locals and tourists, began attaching them to fences and statues throughout the town centre.


2 comments:

Wendy said...

This is sweet! Do you know if they are still doing it these days? I can see where that might get well out of hand, but how romantic and nice.

chris rees said...

Yes, its seems to be persisting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_padlocks

(The title of my blog post is a link, but there is no way of telling that really. Just one of those Blogger things that doesn't quite work).