When John Lennon was shot (and killed) in 1980, young Czechs started an impromptu shrine to him on the wall of this garden. Perhaps shrine is too grand a word for it, as it is little more than a series of graffiti. At first the Police and the walls owners got rather upset, but after many years had gone past, I think they realised defeat and decided if you can’t beat them, join them. It therefore became legal to graffiti this wall!
Some of the graffiti is not too bad, although quite a bit of it is just scribble. One of my pictures here shows the yellow submarine, although there is further graffiti on top. Another picture shows John Lennon. The general theme is “Give peace a Chance”, so when I was there in August 1995, there was quite a lot of commentary on the Iraq War.
From the Dancing House, Franscesco led us across the Jiráskův Bridge to the left bank of the river, where among other things he showed us the John Lennon Wall.
After John Lennon was murdered in New York in 1980, graffiti about him started appearing on this wall as a thinly veiled protest against the Communist regime that still ruled Czechoslovakia, because Western music was not allowed, particularly songs by suspicious singers such as Lennon who propagated peace and freedom.
Second photo: Láska means love, as in Donizetti's opera Nápoj lásky, better known in Italian as L'elisir d'amore and in English as The elixir of love.
Third photo: Love locks have been appearing all over Europe in recent years, usually on bridges, but in Prague they are on a fence near the John Lennon Wall. As I wrote in one of my Paris tips, these love locks are "the cheapest way to declare your eternal love for that special person in your life, the one you met this afternoon and are trying to maneuver into bed." Instead of buying expensive flowers, you just get a cheap padlock, write both your names on it and lock it to the fence. From here it is just a short walk down to the Vltava (Moldau) River, where you can solemnly declare your eternal love as you solemnly throw both keys into the water.
The wall of John Lennon is set of forehead the French embassy. After his death the ex-Beatles has become a fate of pacifist hero for the young Czech in years when the western music was forbidden. The secret police has never succeeded in holding it clean. Today it entertains banal writings memory left by the visitors.
Prior to 1989 when communism ruled, pop music was not really allowed, indeed some musicians were actually jailed for playing it! This wall for whatever reason became a place where the youth of Prague must have written things. When John Lennon was murdered he became a sort of hero to some of the young and his picture was painted on the wall, along with graffiti which the police kept trying to remove but which did not deter the young from doing again. In 1998 the wall was whitewashed but apparently it didnt last long and I should imagine that it will be a symbol forever more of the freedom that they now have.
I found John Lennon wall accidently, when walking around cozy Mala Strana historical suburb. At first, it seemed interesting how the name of it is associated with Lennon. The story tells that Lennon never visited Prague, but his songs together with famous Beatles made big impression of that time Czech youth. Songs were more or less about freedom, but Czech land was communistic and such songs were stamped as “anti-ideological”. Graffiti on wall (basically words, art about freedom, love, Beatles-mania) were often cleared by government, but new art always appeared in a few days again. So, this wall could be called as a rebel against former policy. First wall paintings were made in 1980’.
During Prague's period of Communism, after John Lennon died in 1980, activists started scribbling graffiti in the form of Beatles lyrics and odes to Lennon on a wall to defy the authorities. The wall was painted over many times but the graffiti kept showing up. The last time the wall was painted over was 1998, so all of the graffiti is new.
You can find some interesting slogans and art on the wall if you look hard enough.
If you're a John Lennon fan, like I am, you have to see this wall. It looks just like another graffiti-filled wall but this one is a tribute. An outlet for Czech youths to express their views back in the communist days. It might change a bit from time to time but the message is still there... Give Peace A Chance.
This became known as the John Lennon wall since the violent death of John Lennon in 1980, Prague youth established a grafitti tribute to the ex - beatle. It is a site where now you can leave your messages of peace.
Don't miss this glorious graffity wall in Kampa...but it won't look exactly like this! I believe it gets painted over occasionally to make room for new art. My boyfriend took this picture in 2001; when we came back there in 2002, the wall looked completely different.
I saw some pictures of this wall once and thought that it was rather cool.
So when I was in Prague I asked my friend if he knew about it, and as it turned out, we were only about a 4 minute walk from the wall, so went to have a look.
Loads of graffiti on the wall in a tribute to the late John Lennon. An interesting fact is that he never visited Prague!
Very cool and colourful, worth a visit.
At first glance the Lennon Wall is like any graffiti-covered wall you see the world over. But when you learn about the history of the wall, you do appreaciate it more. At the time of John Lennon's death, Czechoslovakia was still under communist rule, and the Czech people had few outlets to express their disenchantment with their lack of freedom.
In Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, you'll see the John Lennon Wall. The wall was started soon after the assassination of the singer in 1980. At that time his music was forbidden in the Czech Republic because it was praising freedom that didn't exist here. So the Prague youth dedicated this wall to John Lennon and of course the police didn't like it. They even placed cameras to monitor who was coming there to arrest them. It is a symbol of the fight of the youth against the regime....
Apparently this is not the original though.
"You may say I'm just a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one." JL
Where else is that song - and John Lennon - best immortalized than at the long wall located along Velkoprerovske namesti, Mala Strana. Youths write their grievances on the wall which was irked the communist regime in 1988 that led to a clash with the police.
The grafitti wall owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross is a symbol of youths idealism for love and peace.
If you want to know the entire history of the John Lennon wall, check out the link below which gives a lot of information.
Basically this wall was the focus of anti-communist sentiment up until the Velvet Revolution, centred around a mock tombstone for John Lennon after his death (although the musician never visited Prague). Sadly the original graffiti has many times been whitewashed, but the spirit of the wall lives on as a mouthpiece for Prague's youth (and these days, the odd tourist).
Before 1989 when pop music was forbidden by comunist, this wall was a political meeting point for youngers in Prague. A image of John Lennon was painted after he died with all politicals graffities and beatles songs. The secret police never could get keep clean the wall.Here is the example
Antes de1989 cuando la música pop era prohibida por los regímenes comunistas, este muro era el punto de encuentro político para los jovenes en Praga. Una imagen de John Lennon fue pintada después de su asesinato junto a grafitis políticos y letras de los Beatles. La policia secreta nunca pudo mantener limpio el muro. Aquí está el ejemplo.