Love locks to be removed from bridges in Paris


Tens of thousands of 'love locks' on Paris' bridges are to be removed from Monday.

City officials say all locks will be cut off of the French capital's bridges after part of the Pont des Arts bridge collapsed under the weight last year.

Traditionally, lovers write their initials on the padlocks before locking them onto the bridge and throwing the keys into the River Seine.

"This phenomenon generates two problems: a lasting degradation of the heritage of Paris and also a risk to the safety of visitors, Parisians and tourists," a spokesman for the town hall said.

According to the Independent, the bridge parapets will be encased in glass to prevent the locks from returning.

The Pont de l'Archeveche, near the Notre Dame, will also have locks removed.

The BBC reports that paintings will replace the locks over the summer before the transparent panels are put in place.

"We want Paris to remain the capital of love and romance," said Bruno Julliard, Paris' deputy mayor.

He added that there would be new ways for romantics to express their love in the city.

In 2012, Verona decided to clamp down on lovers' notes left in the courtyard where Juliet's balcony is located by handing out fines of up to 500 euros to anyone caught sticking chewing gum and Post-it notes on the walls.

The romantic World Heritage-listed city's most popular attraction had been defaced as a result of tattered scraps of paper and hardened blobs of gum causing the unsightly mess.

The new decree, drawn up by Verona city council, prohibits chewing gum and adhesive Post-it notes from being stuck on the walls. The consumption of food and drink in the courtyard of the famous house will also be banned.


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The museum is open from 9.30am to 6pm daily with late night openings until 9.45pm on Thursdays. 

You can buy tickets online or at the museum on the day.

Regular tickets: €11. Concession: €8.50.

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Buy your tickets online to avoid the queues on the day.

Visitors can chose to go by lift to the top, to the second floor or take the stairs to the second floor. 

There are tours of the tower every day and evening.

9:30 to 23:00 and 9:00 to 00:00 in the summer months. 

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Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 9:45 pm.
Closed on Tuesdays.

Avoid the queues and buy your tickets online before you go.

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Notre Dame is free to visit and is open every day 8.00 am to 6.45 pm (7:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays).

Each Saturday and Sunday night in May and June the cathedral hosts a night show which is free of charge to visitors.

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The Palais Garnier is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00 (18.00 in July - August).

The Palais will close at 13.00 on days with matinee performances.

Regular tickets: €10. Concession: €6.00.

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The gardens are free to access and open daily throughout the year.

Summer: 7.00 to one hour before sunset.

Winter: 8.00 to one hour before sunset. 

Free guided tours are available, starting at 9.30 in front of the Observatoire gate.

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This historic monument is one of the most recognisable in Paris thanks to its location and design.

The 17 metre high gilt bronze sculptures represent Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Industry. 

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The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Closed on Tuesdays. 

Regular tickets: € 9. Concessions: € 6,5

There is free admission for everyone on the first Sunday each month.

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The Seine is 776km long and has 30 bridges crossing it through the city of Paris. 

Visitors can make the most of the Seine on one of the many boat tours that run along the waterway each day. 

The medieval Gothic chapel is open every day.

1 March to 31 October : 9:30 am to 6 pm

1 November to 28 February : 9 am to 5 pm 

Regular tickets: €8.50. Concessions: €5,50  

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