Updated: Apr 13, 2020
We all know about Lovelocks in Paris, New York, Moscow, Dublin... It is time to find out about Lovelocks Makarska. Situated on a peninsula St Peter, the chains of love padlocks get longer every season, from newcoming love couples from around the world to those lovers that begin their adventure right here in Makarska.
Couples in love are supposed to inscribe their names on a padlock, then lock it onto the bars of a specific fence alone the promenade. The small piece of iron becomes a standing monument to love. Apparently, not even rust can destroy it.
There is a reason why the Love locks are situated on the peninsula of St Peter. According to the Bible, St Peter holds the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Locating Love locks behind the statue of St Peter’s, loving couples receive a new and important protection, protection of their hearts. Whatever the ending of such love is or will be is not important, because they will always have their love moment, sealed in the padlock, locked on the coast of Makarska Riviera. :)
For those unfamiliar with the love locks, here is some basic info about their history and meanings.
The locks of love dates back to WWI with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love) in the town of Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. As young women from Vrnjacka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge.
Good to know: Vrnjacka Banja, a spa town in Serbia has many hot springs with temperatures measuring exactly that of the human body (37.5 degrees Celsius). It is home to a summer music festival Lovefest. This name is not accidental.
Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide, Makarska Riviera included. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations and in many instances are unclear. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the 2006 book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia, who made a film adaptation in 2007. Aside from the love locks, movies and books, the Makarska Riviera and Italy have much more in common. In addition to the war, many people are also family related across the Adriatic Sea.