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."