The Limassol bridge with the locks of love!

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Since the 2000s, love locks have been rapidly increasing in a number of locations, from France and Vienna to South Korea. This phenomenon has also spread to Limassol, where in recent years, the locks have found their special spot on the CYTA footbridge.

Love locks are padlocks that are affixed to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture. Typically, the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the lock and the key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. The custom is likely to have originated in Serbia, at the start of the previous century, when the unfortunate termination of a love affair led to a woman’s death. As a result, young girls would affix padlocks to the bridge where the lovers met, in an effort to safeguard their own loves.This tradition appears to have been borne out of the human impulse to create permeance in a human emotion which is subject to constant change.

The CYTA footbridge, which connects the beach with the GSO Sports Center has become a beloved spot for love locks, and anyone crossing the bridge will immediately understand why. The idyllic view during sunrise and sunset, the endless blue of the horizon during the day and the brilliant, twinkling city lights at the night, all create the most romantic scenery, and it appears that sweethearts have certainly chosen the perfect location in Limassol for their love symbols.