Interesting Places I've Photographed
John Lennon Peace Wall
Prague, Czech Republic
GPS: N50° 05.162; E014° 24.416
The John Lennon Peace Wall is in Prague, Czech Republic near the French Embassy.
The John Lennon Peace Wall represented not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also a monument to free speech and the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the communist regime. It was an ongoing battle between the Czech people who continually wrote their messages and the communist police who cleaned the wall. Many believe that the John Lennon Peace Wall helped inspire the non-violent Velvet Revolution that led to the fall of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989.
In 1998 the wall had to go through reconstruction of its crumbling facade now it is covered in messages of love and peace. The original portrait of Lennon is long lost under the layers of new paints but if you look hard enough you can still find tributes to Lennon and a yellow submarine!
The wall is located at Velkoprevorske Namesti, Mala Strana, and is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross, who allowed graffiti to continue. The wall continues to evolve as messages are added, overwritten and removed.