The Butcher’s Bridge in Love

Apart from the triple Bridge this is for me the most magnificent: the Butcher’s Bridge, opened in summer 2010. The original idea for the bridge came from the architect Jože Plečnik, but he meant it to be a bit less complex than the one, that is connecting the Ljubljana Central Market and the Petkovšek Embankment (in Slovene Petkovškovo nabrežje) today.

The Butcher's Bridge

The Butcher’s Bridge

When you cross Ljubljanica river walking on this bridge, you will notice some unusual sculptures in the middle. So, who are those, that scares, surprises or inspires the visitors? :) The largest sculptures represent figures from Ancient Greek and Christian/Jewish mythology. The sculpture pair are Adam and Eve, shamed and banished from Paradise; the other two are Satyr and Prometheus. On the fences you can also admire smaller, kind of grotesque sculptures of frogs and shellfish.

Grotesque frogs with love locks

Grotesque frogs with love locks

Of course you cannot cross the bridge without noticing many love padlocks on the steel wires on the fence. Ahhh, how romantic is that? ;) This idea, locking the love on a bridge, does not come from Ljubljana. People lock their eternal love on the bridges also in other big cities. Originally came the idea from a Italian writer Federico Moccia in his novel “Ho Voglia di Te”.

Eternal love, strong as the steel

Eternal love, strong as the steel

 

I just had to do something stupid :D

I just had to do something stupid :D