I 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™evorskÃ© nÃ¡mÄ›stÃ (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 acrossÂ a busker who was serenading the small group of us who had found our way here with Beatles songs.
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.
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.Â 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…
All images copyright Laura Beard.