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The Story of Prague’s John Lennon Wall That Extends Beyond Graffiti

Lennon Wall

Place Details

Name: Lennon Wall

Rating: 4.0 / 5

City: Malá Strana

Country: Czechia

Address: Velkopřevorské nám., 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia

About Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall
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The Lennon Wall in Prague is a testament to the spirit of freedom and dissent. Originating as an act of defiance against Communist rule, the wall has evolved into a dynamic mural filled with political statements, graffiti, and art.

It captures the essence of hope and unity through its colorful display, prominently featuring an iconic portrait of John Lennon. Lennon’s music and advocacy for peace resonate profoundly through each piece of art displayed on the wall.

History of the John Lennon Wall

Colorful John Lennon mural at Lennon Wall Prague, a vibrant symbol of peace and artColorful John Lennon mural at Lennon Wall Prague, a vibrant symbol of peace and art
Kyle Kroeger / ViaTravelers

Over in Lesser Town or Malá Strana in Prague, across from the French Embassy, you’ll find a wall covered in street art. It’s known as the John Lennon Wall and has been since the 1980s when Lennon was assassinated. In truth, the wall’s history of being a place for public art and engagement goes back to the 1960s.

In its early pre-Lennon days, it was known as the Crying Wall. It was a place where locals could write their disagreements with communism. John Lennon became covered in Beatles song lyrics partly because Western pop music was banned during the communist regime.

Czech-based rock band The Plastic People of the Universe even helped rally people against communism, an act that forced the band underground until communism fell. As Czech citizens rallied against, in particular, the communist regime, the wall became an open-air gallery.

There are Beatles lyrics, love poems, and a now-covered painting of Lennon himself. The Velvet Revolution may have ended communism in the Czech Republic, yet it hasn’t stopped Czech youth and artists from expressing themselves at the wall.

In 2014, a group of art students painted the whole graffiti-covered wall white with the message “wall is over.” From time to time, artists have taken over the wall for a range of local and global causes, from climate change to martyrdom.


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