Skip To Content

    This Is What Five Years Worth Of Paris' Famous "Love Locks" Looks Like

    Five years, a million locks, and 45 tonnes of love.

    The city of Paris officially killed love forever on Monday when it took off the hundred of thousands of "love locks" on the Pont des Arts.

    Reuters/ Philippe Wojazer

    Officials had warned that their sheer weight had become a problem. The locks were thought to have added some 45 tonnes of extra weight to the bridge, which was shut temporarily in June 2014 after part of a railing collapsed.

    But the Pont des Arts isn't the only bridge where lovers go to lock their romance in Paris: the city has several other bridges with metallic railings, perfect for locks.

    Luckily, Google Street View captured what those Parisian bridges looked like in 2008 and 2009, back when the "love locks" trend had just started.

    First, the Pont des Arts, without visible locks back in 2009 and flowing with love in 2014:

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ss7veWmMC4jiCL62qm87OhA!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ss7veWmMC4jiCL62qm87OhA!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ss7veWmMC4jiCL62qm87OhA!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en

    From below, in 2009 and 2014:

    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s5TiNomf1gx9NyjLYii5qRw!2e0!3e5!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s5TiNomf1gx9NyjLYii5qRw!2e0!3e5!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s5TiNomf1gx9NyjLYii5qRw!2e0!3e5!6m1!1e1?hl=en

    You can see the locks creeping up between 2012, 2013 and 2014:

    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sZl4Q_hObIjKZY795iAzq2w!2e0!5s20120501T000000!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sZl4Q_hObIjKZY795iAzq2w!2e0!5s20120501T000000!6m1!1e1?hl=en
    google.fr!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sZl4Q_hObIjKZY795iAzq2w!2e0!5s20120501T000000!6m1!1e1?hl=en

    And here's what it looks like now:

    Vous l'attendiez depuis des années, le voilà : le #PontdesArts débarrassé de ses #cadenas

    There are at least three more bridges in Paris covered in locks, though. Paris' city hall says they're the next victims on their list.

    Paris, "first city in the world to get rid of the locks (...) will keep taking them off one by one on all the other bridges", said Bruno Julliard, in charge of cultural affairs for the city, to the AFP.

    Here's the Pont de l'Archevêché, on the île de la Cité:

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    The plaza in the middle of the Pont Neuf:

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skgjS9B3__SvJLbit1Qg7Yg!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skgjS9B3__SvJLbit1Qg7Yg!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skgjS9B3__SvJLbit1Qg7Yg!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    And finally the passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, near the Musée d'Orsay:

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    google.fr!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOikdUWJ8X4c6rZgA1JOntA!2e0?hl=en

    In 2008 and in 2014.

    Cécile Dehesdin est la rédactrice en chef de BuzzFeed France et travaille depuis Paris.

    Contact Cecile Dehesdin at cecile.dehesdin@buzzfeed.com.

    Got a confidential tip? Submit it here