Lennon Wall, Prague
The 'Lennon Wall' is worth seeking out, if only for its sociological and cultural import. Tucked away in Mala Strana, it is the garden wall of the Grand Priory of the Maltese Knights. when Lennon was murdered, it became a sort of shrine to hs memory. Graffiti was regularly removed, and replaced, but it now seems to have become tolerated if not openly accepted. Perhaps its value as a tourist sight has been recognised, or perhaps the authorities have realised there is little point in pursuing the matter.
It's on Velkoprevorske Namesti.
The Lennon wall is not that much off the beaten path, but it is still usually a quiet corner of the city.
The wall began spouting Lennon's poetry in the 1980's and despite copious amount of communist domestos (always washes grey with every wash) the idea stuck.
These days it's rather spoilt by the "Baz woz 'ere" and "Man U are crap" brigade adding their own erudite commentry to lifes' rich tapestry.
Still, it's worth a look if you and walking to/from Prague castle. You can find it on the road between Kampa Island and the church of our lady below the chain. Basically, just cross Charles' bridge from the town side and turn right, then right again.
Having seen the pictures posted by VT members, it was interesting to see how additions by numerous visitors transformed the look of the wall in a matter of months. It took 2 jaunts into the area to find the wall. The end of the Charles Bridge was blocked off due to construction. Found it pretty easy going down the steps on the left into Na Kampe, walking about halfway down the square and turning right, followed the road to the next intersection, turned left and there it was on the left.
Graffitis of John Lennon and other calls for peace and freedom have been the symbol of resistance to communism in Prague. There are two famous walls - this one is on Kampa Island, just south-west of Charles Bridge.
It's worth the detour as the area is quiet and out of the main tourist path (old town square - Charles bridge - Prague castle).
We walked past the Lennon wall when we were in Prague in March '06 and thought we would have to see it again but we were surprised to see this bust of John Lennon fixed to the wall a little further down from where the mural is on our return in December '06.
The John Lennon Wall
I'm not sure how off-the-beaten track this really is, but we were certainly the only people around when we stumbled across it on a Monday morning.
John Lennon was a folk hero in Communist Czechoslovakia, and the wall grew to fame in the 80s. Apparently it's still a meeting place for fans on the anniversary of his death.
It's opposite the French Embassy in a beautiful tree-lined square, just next to Kampa Island.
Opposite the French embassy is the 'Lennon wall'. During the communist era it was here that revolutionaries daubed anti-government slogans, running the risk of arrest. Today the wall is covered with graffiti - poems and words of peace written by millions of visitors from around the world. To get there, as you head towards the West bank of the Vltava across Charles Bridge take the steps on your left hand side. This takes you into an oval shaped square Na Kampì. Cross this and turn right.
The Lennon Wall is not actually that far off the beaten path - it is a handy detour to/from the castle from the old town. John Lennon never came here (as far as I know!) but the wall is called the Lennon wall because originally Beatles lyrics seemed to dominate the graffiti that covered the wall. It became a monument towards free speech - in communist times the wall became the soapbox of the repressed people of Prague and people risked arrest and imprisonment to get their message across. Nowadays the graffiti has gone down hill - it is in the "Pedro e Giulia 24/01/2005" league and the usual nationalist statements about ethnic minorities. Worth a brief look but not worth a special trip.
If you're a fan of Lennon don't miss this mural / graffiti dedicated only to this 'legend'. You cant miss it if you follow these instructions. When passing from Charles Bridge, lookiing south you'll see that the Vltava river splits into a stream which is called "The devil's stream". Just before the foot of the next small bridge (100 metres down from Charles Bridge) there's a water Mill. The graffitti are just round the corner on the walls of 'The grand Priory of the Knights of Malta' Be aware that not all written messages hail John Lennon. You might be offended with some of them.
This wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs since the 1980s.
It's still a symbol of ideals such as love and peace.
It's located at Velkopøevorské námìstí (Grand Priory Square), Malá Strana, and owned by the Knights of Malta.
In couple minutes walk from Lennon Wall you will find John Lennon pub with the Yellow Submarine images.
The wall holds messages of peace, freedom and hope. People started writing messages in graffiti when the nation was still under communist rule. The wall was repainted several times by the authorities but this didn’t stop the graffiti reappearing.
Visit the Lennon Wall. In the old Communist days, this was the outlet for the locals to express their views by spray painting their feelings and messages here. It was dominated by old Beatles lyrics, so hence the name...
Famous John Lennon's wall in Prague'a most romantic place - Kampa. This wall was a symbol of resistance against the Communist government. It was often repainted, but everytime already next morning, new messages and Lennon's face was there again.
This wall is close to Kampa park at Velkoprevorske namesti. It`s named after John Lennon because there used to be large graffiti of this famous singer. But the wall is living - it`s in permanent change and the Lennon picture is gonne. But people are writing there their ideas, wishes and thoughts for more than 30 years. This wall is symbol of freedom and at every special occasion people are burning candles there.
My fin. director has told me story about Lennon Wall in Prague.That story was so interesting and FUN, that i have diceded to watch it too. Ohhh, i spend a lot of time to find "HIM"...my friends were not glad, alrady about that idea.But I all time told them over and over again...we MUST watch that Wall, cause really, russ story "in search the Lennon Wall in the Middle of night"..was soo SUPER....But, when we have fined Wall..there was NOT Lennon...oahh somebody has painted cover..
That was TRAGEDY for me....