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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

Monuments people rub and kiss. The tomb of French journalist Victor Noir (1848-1870) in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

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, but killed at a a duel at the age of 22. The realistic bronze statue by sculptor Jules Dalou has become the most popular memorial for women to visit the famous cemetery. According to the urban legend, 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 a year. Besides, this will enhance fertility, and even bring a blissful sex life. That’s 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.

Monuments people rub and kiss. The tomb of French journalist Victor Noir (1848-1870) in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Monuments people rub and kiss. The tomb of French journalist Victor Noir (1848-1870)

Monuments people rub and kiss. El deolon de San Piero - the most touched and rubbed statue in the world

Monuments people rub and kiss. El deolon de San Piero – the most touched and rubbed statue in the world

The feet of the Apostle Peter have already become white from touches of believers. It is believed that if to touch the foot of Peter and make a wish, and then cleansed from sin, then, all dreams will surely come true. Undoubtedly, «el deolon de San Piero» (St. Peter’s thumb) – the most rubbed statue in the world.

Monuments people rub and kiss. Monument to Student, in front of the main building of the South – Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Monuments people rub and kiss. Monument to Student, in front of the main building of the South – Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia

In fact, people in many countries have their own traditions and statues to rub, kiss, touch and worship. Sure sign, for instance, if you rub its nose, ear, head, foot… you’ll get good luck and happiness, and if make a wish, it will come true.

Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Paris, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery

Monuments people rub and kiss. Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Paris, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery

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.

Oscar Wilde tomb in Paris, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery

Oscar Wilde tomb in Paris, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery

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.

Bronze sculptures by Matvey Manizer at the famous station of the Moscow Metro – Revolution Square station

Bronze sculptures by Matvey Manizer at the famous station of the Moscow Metro – Revolution Square station

Moscow Metro
At the station of Moscow Metro “Ploshchad Revolyutsii” located 76 sculptures depicting the Soviet people. These are revolutionary workers, peasants, parachutists, Stakhanovite, border guard, Attendant, farmer, student, athletes, pioneers of Model Aeronautics and the pioneer-geographers. Most sculptures repeated four times on different sides of the station.
The most popular statue – the frontier guard with a dog. Every second passenger touch or rub the dog’s nose for good luck.

The nose (or rather, their noses, because they rub all four dogs) are pretty shabby:

The most popular statue - the frontier guard with a dog. Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow Metro

The most popular statue – the frontier guard with a dog. Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow Metro

Here is the big set of photographs of sculptures – rubbed, touched, kissed by passengers 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.

Monuments people rub and kiss. Bronze sculptures by Matvey Manizer at the famous station of the Moscow Metro – Revolution Square station

Monuments people rub and kiss. Bronze sculptures by Matvey Manizer at the famous station of the Moscow Metro – Revolution Square station

Plaque at the base of the statue of John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge in Prague

Plaque at the base of the statue of John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge in Prague

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

Monument of a “happy” griffin at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg

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.

A classic place of pilgrimage for lovers is a monument to Juliet, set in one of the courtyards of Verona

A classic place of pilgrimage for lovers is a monument to Juliet, set in one of the courtyards of Verona

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.

monument to Jose Maria Lopez Lledin

monument to Jose Maria Lopez Lledin

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.

Monuments people rub and kiss

Austrian writer and journalist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life

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.

Monuments people rub and kiss

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