Monuments people rub and kiss
Monuments people rub and kiss. The tomb of French journalist Victor Noir (1848-1870) in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris has become a symbol of fertility. Victor Noir was handsome and loved by women, killed at a a duel at age 22. The realistic bronze statue by sculptor Jules Dalou has become the most popular memorial for women to visit the famous cemetery. The urban legend says a particular part of Noir’s body showed odd signs of life in the morgue. And if a woman kisses the statue on the lips, rubs its genital area and places a flower in the hat, it will give her a husband within the year, enhance fertility, bring a blissful sex life. That is why these parts of the oxidized bronze statue are well-worn and shiny. The authorities tried to erect a fence around the statue of Noir in 2004, but thanks to the female protests, the fence was removed.
People in many countries have their own traditions and statues to rub, kiss, touch and worship. Sure sign, if you rub its nose, ear, head, foot… you’ll get good luck and happiness, and if make a wish, it will come true.
An active pilgrimage to the monuments make those who are in love. They have kissed up to shine the sphinx on Oscar Wilde tomb in Paris, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery. The Sphinx was set on the tombstone of the writer in the memory of his eponymous poem. According to legend, anyone who kisses the stone human-lion will not lose his love until death.
However, on November 30, 2011, the day of the 111th anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde, it was decided to hide the sculpture behind protective glass barrier. The project was implemented by the Irish Cultural Center.
Here is the big set of photographs of sculptures – rubbed, touched, kissed by passangers of one of the most famous stations of the Moscow Metro – Ploshchad Revolyutsii, which in English means Revolution Square:
The station features marble arches, each arch is flanked by a pair of bronze sculptures by Matvey Manizer depicting the people of the Soviet Union, including soldiers, farmers, athletes, writers, aviators, industrial workers, and schoolchildren. There are a total of 76 sculptures at the station.
Here is another dog for rubbing, Plaque at the base of the statue of John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge in Prague. Statue of St. John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge in Prague is very popular. If you make a wish and pat girl and dog – it will come true (in these places monument rubbed to a shine).
Monument of a “happy” griffin at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. By tradition, you need to come to this statue, pat it on the head while holding his right tooth. By doing this you need to look into the eyes of the sphinx, and make a wish.
Classic place of pilgrimage for lovers is a monument to Juliet, set in one of the courtyards of Verona. On the wall of the courtyard loving couple must leave their initials, then pat Juliet (in one version – by hand, on the other – on the chest, and both places are polished to a shine), and then their love will be a vibrant and happy.
In Havana, next to the Cathedral of St. Francis, there is a monument to Jose Maria Lopez Lledin, “Crazy in love”, who was immortalized in bronze during his lifetime. This man was in love with the wife of a noble man, for which he was jailed. For 8 years in prison, a former servant was only thinking of his beloved, and became crazy. People, having learned about such passionate and long love demanded to release the poor and decided to immortalize him, collecting money for the monument. Crazy in love under the pressure was released to the public. It is believed that if you “talk” to the monument and touch it – it will bring luck in love affairs.
Austrian writer and journalist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term “masochism” is derived from his name. In the spring of 2008 in Lvov was erected a monument in his honor, as he spent his childhood there. A monument is the life-sized – 170 cm, hides a few “surprises”: in chest was mounted magnifying glass through which erotic pictures can be seen, and by putting a hand into the left pocket you can touch its “man-dignity” for good luck.