How to lock in your love in Montevideo, Uruguay

If you are going down Montevideo's main avenue, 18 de Julio, you may notice a fountain with an iron fence around it covered with padlocks. 

I went by in buses and taxis for years wondering about all those locks. Why would people put padlocks on a fountain's fencing? I finally decided to investigate. 

Couple at Locks Fountain on the main avenue in Montevideo, Uruguay
It turns out the fountain with locks is called Locks Fountain. And the mystery was instantly solved, thanks to a bronze plaque that explains: 

"The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed on it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked."

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