Das ist ja wieder einmal eine Geschichte so ganz nach meinem Geschmack. Da wird mein Herz doch gleich am Montagmorgen mit Romantik gefüttert. Schuld ist allein Neatorama mit ihrem Artikel über die Brücke der Liebe. Diese Brücke ist in Vrnjačka Banja zu finden, eine Stadt im serbischen Bezirk Raška. Traditionell ist diese Brücke der Ort an dem die jungen Frauen ihre Liebe beteuern. Sie schreiben ihren Namen und den ihres Geliebten auf ein Vorhängeschloss, schließen dieses an das Brückengeländer und werfen symbolisch den Schlüssel in den Fluss. Sie glauben so ihre Liebe sicher verschlossen und bewahrt zu haben.
Was die Geschichte betrifft erzählt uns die englische Wikipedia:
“At the dawn of the First World War, while the war was not even suspected yet, a schoolmistress Nada and a Serbian officer Relja started having deep feelings for each other. They fell in love and made a commitment to each other. It was a love widely talked about, attracting the attention of all the people living at Vrnjacka Banja Spa. But the war did break out with all the horrors it entails. Relja went off to war fought in Greece. He left never to return on account of a beautiful Greek woman he had fallen in love with, and therefore broke up the engagment to Nada. The legend does not say anything about his further fate, whereas, on the other hand, every inhabitant of Vrnjacka Banja spa is familiar with Nada’s destiny. Owing to overwhelming sorrow she faded away day after day and finally died, young and miserable. Upset by Nada’s destiny, girls, wishing to keep their own romances, started writing down their names along with the names of their lovers on padlocks that they bound to the railing of the bridge which used to be the favorite meeting place of Nada and Relja. Afterward the keys were symbolically thrown into the river. New wars and sufferings came up. The story fell into oblivion, and the girl’s custom to “bind” their love became uncustomary. It had been case until Desanka Maksimovic,according to the stories of old residents of Vrnjacka Banja spa, became acquainted with this tragic story. Inspired by it she wrote down one of her most beautiful love poems “A Prayer for Love”, (Molitva za ljubav). Although we tend to forget things, this story remains to be unforgotten, and in order to prolong its existence the young couples kept on with the tradition of “binding” their love and it bridge itself got the name “THE BRIDGE OF LOVE”.”
Einfach so … traurig schön.