San Antonio riverwalk

San Antonio 'Lock Bridge' Gains International Fame as Destination for Lovers

A simple fence along the San Antonio riverwalk has become a place for couples to display their love in a unique way.

The Ponte des Artes bridge in Paris became iconic tourist stop for lovers. Visitors would attach a lock to the bridge and throw the key in the river as a symbol of their commitment to each other. That tradition was stopped in 2015 after the weight of the locks was found to be damaging the structure of the bridge.

But the idea now lives on in San Antonio. A portion of the city's riverwalk has now become home to an array of locks left by visiting lovebirds. In recent months, people have been sharing photos of the growing collection of locks through Instagram and Facebook. A video taken by Facebook user Vanessa Keebler of the locks has already garnered over a million views.

Other cities with similar crowd-created displays include Prague, Toronto and Verona, Italy.

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Want to see the locks for yourself? Look for the fence just outside of the Bexar County Courthouse Wedding Chapel. You'll want to act fast, though. It's still unclear if public officials are planning to remove the locks.

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