Sometimes unusual, the lucky traditions identified in this article tempt most travellers, superstitious or not. From Milan to St. Petersburg to New York, many monuments are supposed to bring love, success or wealth to those who touch them. It will often take many minutes to access the stone, statue or mosaic in question, as its success is so great. But what wouldn't we do to protect ourselves from bad luck? If travelling is already synonymous with happiness, we bet that in front of these sites you will be even happier!
Milan, make a wish come true at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Milan's famous shopping mall, which links the Duomo to La Scala, is a popular place to visit. We stay here to contemplate its architecture, but not only: the mosaic of the zodiacal bull is one of the attractions of the Lombardy capital. According to legend, anyone who succeeds in making three complete turns on himself by placing his heel on the bull's testicles will have his wish granted.
Springfield, Abraham Lincoln has a flair
If you pass through Springfield, Illinois, a visit to Abraham Lincoln's grave at Oak Ridge Cemetery is a must, not only because he is the 16th President of the United States, but also because his nose would bring luck! This is reflected in the much lighter colour in the middle of the face of the statue on the funeral monument, due to the many hands that come to rest there every day
Blarney, kissing a stone at the castle
The small town of Blarney, in County Cork, Ireland, attracts many visitors every year for its 11th century castle where the eloquence stone is located. This rock, integrated into the battlements by the builder after he himself had taken advantage of his powers, would offer loquacity to those who would kiss it. To perform this ritual, one does not hesitate to lean into the void, head upside down, from the top of the castle!
Prague, the martyrdom of St. John Nepomuk
The Charles Bridge is one of the main monuments of the Czech capital, with many statues depicting the country's religious history. The oldest of these representations is that of Saint John Nepomuk whose body was thrown into the Vltava in 1393 when he did not want to repeat to the king what the queen had entrusted to him. To touch the relief describing the saint's martyrdom, located just in the middle of the bridge, would bring good luck!
Paris, at the foot of Montaigne
The bronze statue of Montaigne in Paul Painlevé Square, just opposite Sorbonne University, has a notable curiosity: its foot seems to have been shone by the many hands that caressed it. Legend has it that anyone who touches the humanist's shoe and exclaims "Hello Montaigne! "sees his wishes fulfilled. This tradition and the student revolts degraded over the years the 1934 statue originally made of marble, so in 1989 it was replaced by a more robust bronze monument
Cambridge, at the foot of John Harvard
If, in Paris, Montaigne's foot is stroked, in Cambridge, students rub John Harvard's foot on the campus of the prestigious university of the same name. This monument has been renamed the Statue of the Three Lies, as it states that the university was founded by John Harvard in 1638. However, he was only a donor and historical sources attest that the institution was created in 1636. Moreover, the statue would not really represent John Harvard but a student who served as a model in 1885!
St. Petersburg, at the foot of the Atlanteans
Would feet be a source of happiness? This is what one might think, as many lucky traditions are so numerous to highlight them! In St. Petersburg, the New Hermitage Museum is famous for its sumptuous entrance portico where ten giant Atlanteans support the building. To be lucky, you have to touch the big toe of the second Atlantean: you can't miss it, it has become brilliant because it has been shiny by the hands of the visitors!
Brussels, luck or happiness with Éverard t'Serclaes
Located in the gallery that passes under the House of the Star", near the Grand Place, the statue of the lying of Éverard t'Serclaes would bring luck to those who touch his right hand or happiness to those who caress it from the front. This work by Julien Dillens, created in 1902, was glorified by the people of Brussels during the First World War because Éverard t'Serclaes is considered a figure of the liberation of the city: he repelled the Flemish invasion in 1356.
Charging Bull, making a fortune in New York
Since 1989, Wall Street has housed an imposing 3.2-tonne bronze bull, a symbol of the strength of financial power. Indeed, in stock market jargon, the most optimistic and anticipatory investors are called bulls. Produced by Arturo di Modica, this moving bull quickly became the darling of passers-by who do not hesitate to touch its horns for better luck, and its testicles to become rich
Istanbul, healing at Saint Sophia Basilica
Among the 107 columns in the Basilica of St. Sophia in Istanbul is the popular "weeping column" or "sweating column", covered by a plaque with a mysterious hole in the middle. According to legend, King Justinian supported his forehead there to relieve his terrible migraines. Today, who puts his finger inside this hole and the wet spring would see all his ailments healed!