The Lennon Wall, Prague

The  Lennon Wall, Prague

Lennon WallI had no idea there was a John Lennon memorial wall in Prague, but my friend had heard about it, so during a break from our exploring of the city, we sat in a local cafe and used their wifi to find a route there.

We discovered that Prague’s Lennon Wall is situated in VelkopÅ™evorské námÄ›stí (which translates to Grand Priory Square) and consists of hundreds of notes, song lyrics and well wishes as well as layers upon layers of graffiti.

Before 1980 the wall was just like any other, but then more and more people started to use it as a place to display art relating to the Liverpudlian singer and songwriter. The original painting that started the trend was painted over as the years moved on, and at one point the authorities removed all the art, however people returned to start again just the next day.

There was a really amazing atmosphere here – and we even came across a busker who was serenading the small group of us who had found our way here with Beatles songs.

The John Lennon pub, Prague.

The John Lennon pub, Prague.

As we wandered around the corner, we then found the John Lennon Pub, which had photos, paintings and drawings adorning every spare inch of the walls, as well as a big pair of John Lennon-esque specs hanging from an alcove.

Pictures and paintings at the John Lennon pub, Prague.

Pictures and paintings at the John Lennon pub, Prague.

Handwritten letters adorn the walls of the John Lennon Pub in Prague.

Handwritten letters adorn the walls of the John Lennon Pub in Prague.

Big specs inside the John Lennon Pub, Prague.

Big specs inside the John Lennon Pub, Prague.

It was really refreshing to see and so different to everything else in the Lesser Town, which is the old part of Prague and I’m really happy we took the time out to check out the John Lennon Memorial wall for ourselves. Even more so since I just heard that in November a group of art students actually came and painted the entire wall white apart from the words ‘Wall is over’. That made me chuckle, but it’s sad to think of everything I saw having gone. I don’t know for sure if this is true, but if it is I do hope that people are already returning to add new paintings and photos, and that the Lennon Wall will live on…


 

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Laura works for a charity as a communications manager and uses as much of her holiday as possible to travel the world. She loves to go on European city breaks as well as longer trips further afield and is keen to see more of the USA and South East Asia…

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