Love and romance is alive on a bridge in the world’s most romantic city of Paris, France. As well as the Eiffel Tower the Pont des Arts Bridge is also a famous romantic spot. Pont des Arts Bridge is a steel and wooden bridge, 155 meters long and 11 meters wide. This bridge was built in 1981-1984 above the Seine River. It is used as a link between the Institute de France and the Louvre Museum.
The bridge has a tradition called Cadenas d’amour (padlock of love). A couple writes their names on a padlock, then tie it on a wire on the side of the bridge as proof of their love. After that they will throw the key of the padlock into the Seine River. They believe that by throwing the key into the river, their love story will last forever. If a couple breaks up, they return to the bridge and cut off their padlock.
Pont des Arts is not only famous as a bridge of love, but also as an exhibition space for art and therefore is a popular tourist spot. You can also enjoy the beauty of Paris from this bridge. Other tourist attractions near the Pont des Arts are the Louvre Museum, Institute de France, Notre Cathedral and Ile de la Cite.
The French government plans to move the padlocks from the bridge to a very large tree, because they are afraid they will endanger visitors if there are too many padlocks on the bridge. They think the Cadenas d’amour tradition ruins the aesthetic value of the Pont des Arts. The French government has also provided an alternative to prove your love without tying a padlock on the Pont des Arts Bridge. They have asked couples to do the Cadenas d’amour by taking a photo above the bridge, then uploading their photos on twitter and writing #lovewithoutlocks. https://twitter.com/hashtag/lovewithoutlocks
If you are interested in visiting this bridge or other nearby tourist spots, you can take the train (metro) to the Louvre – Rivoli stations.
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