The phenomenon of John Lennon wall in Prague


Na pražské Kampě nedaleko Karlova mostu stojí pestrobarevně pomalovaná zeď, symbolizující hrob slavného frontmana legendární hudební skupiny The Beatles. Dnes patří tato zeď k vyhledávaným pražským památkám. Stala se místem, kde lidé s obdivem vzhlíží k světoznámé hudební ikoně, ale také místem, kde lidé vyjadřovali své názory a protesty proti komunistickému režimu.

In Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, you’ll see the John Lennon Wall. The wall that was formerly an ordinary wall in Prague has been called Lennon´s since the 1980s, when people have filled it with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs.
The Lennon 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 regime. It was a small war of Czech people against the communist police who cleaned the wall.
On 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the wall was painted over in pure white by a group of art students, leaving only the text „wall is over“. The Knights of Malta initially filed a criminal complaint for vandalism against the students, which they later retracted after gaining contact with them. The wall mural is still there as of Dec 6, 2014. And the „Wall is Over“ bit has been changed to „War is Over“. The wall, located at Velkoprevorske Namesti on Mala Strana, is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross, who allowed graffiti to continue. It will be a symbol forever.