Lennon Wall in Prague Czech

Lennon Wall in Prague

Why is there a Lennon Wall in Prague if Lennon never even visited?

The John Lennon Wall in Prague is a memorial to singer John Lennon; it’s been a home to messages of peace, free speech, and non-violent rebellion (as well as some Beatles lyrics) since the 1980’s. The surprising part – Lennon never even visited Prague!

Lennon Wall in Prague - Laska means love. This was originally a white wall that said Wall is over.
Laska means love. This was originally a white wall that said Wall is over.

Peace at the Lennon Wall in PraguePeace at the Lennon Wall in Prague

While it was once just a regular wall, it was one of the few places in Prague where people could practice free speech under communism. Authorities often painted the wall white, but it would be filled up with free speech graffiti by the next day.  People posting political slogans under communism came to be known as “Lennonists.”

What does Lennon have to do with Prague? 

While Lennon never actually visited Prague, young pacifist Czechs viewed him as a hero, a symbol of peace and free speech. Western pop songs were banned in Communist countries throughout the 1980’s.
Jumping for Peace at the Lennon Wall in Prague
Jumping for Peace at the Lennon Wall in Prague. I’ll post more photos of jumping at the Lennon Wall soon!
Fascinating Lennon Wall history explained:

When John Lennon was murdered in 1980 he became a sort of hero to some of the young and his picture was painted on this wall, for whatever reason right here, along with graffiti defying the authorities. Back then the Czech people had few opportunities to express their feelings with their lack of freedom. By doing this, those young activists risked prison for what authorities called “subversive activities against the state”.
But the threat of prison couldn’t keep people from slipping there at night to scrawl graffiti first in the form of Beatles lyrics and odes to Lennon, then they came to paint their own feelings and dreams on what came to be known as the Lennon Wall.

The Communist police tried repeatedly to whitewash over the portrait and messages of peace but they could never manage to keep the wall clean. On the second day it was again full of poems and flowers with paintings of Lennon. Even the installation of surveillance cameras and the posting of an overnight guard couldn’t stop the opinions from being expressed. [credit: Prague.net]

More photos of the Lennon Wall in Prague:

Panorama of the Lennon Wall in Prague
here’s the full panorama of the Lennon Wall in Prague from when I visited in 2015
Eve at the Lennon Wall in Prague
street musicians often play Beatles songs as tourists take photos at the Lennon Wall. In the center of the photo is my friend Eve
Message of Peace at the Lennon Wall in Prague
Message of Peace at the Lennon Wall
Locks of love near the Lennon Wall in Prague
Just around the corner from the Lennon Wall are these locks of love

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge