John Lennon Wall – Prague

Lennon_Wall-Prague-007-640X480-txt-bannerJohn Lennon became a pacifist hero for many young Czechs. Prague youth decided to have a symbolic monument for the man they admired for his fight for equality, peace and freedom for all. An image of Lennon was painted on a wall and in time the site became known as  the John Lennon Wall. Czechs expressed their grievances with the regime by writing them on the wall in the dead of night as they faced a prison sentence if caught. Despite repeated coats of whitewash, the secret police never managed to keep the wall clean for long, The wall is the property of the Knights of Malta and they have repainted it several times, but it soon gets covered with more Lennon images, peace messages and inconsequential tourist graffiti. In recent years the Knights have bowed to the inevitable and now don’t bother to whitewash it any more.

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall is situated across from a secluded square,Velkopřevorské náměstí opposite the French Embassy, and you can either walk there from the Old Town over the Charles Bridge/Karlov Most and take the stairs down at the end of it or from the Lesser Quarter side. GPS: 50°5’10.423″N, 14°24’24.842″E

It still remains a strong symbol of the fight against oppression and freedom of speech. In November of 2014, a group of art students whitewashed the wall for the next generation and it has again become covered with graffiti in the spirit of love, peace and freedom and is a huge attraction for visitors to Prague.

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