Music places you need to visit : John Lennon Wall

Let's move to Czech Republic to find another cool place.

10w ago

In this worldwide weird period, I'm trying to smother my frustration for not being able to travel freely planning and talking about cool places to visit. Previously I've talked about the Abbey Road recording studios in London, now following the Beatles wave I'm going to talk about another peculiar place related to the fab four, the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague itself is a small gem among the European capitals, I've been there few years ago, it was a great experience and in some way a big delusion. This city has become very touristic recently, becoming far from my expectations of an ancient town with old buildings and a mysterious atmosphere. The long heritage of mysticism due to the famous alchemists who lived there, is now sort of spoiled by touristic shops and souvenir sellers, nevertheless the charm of Prague is still strong, a place where ancient buildings and modernity lives together. In the fascinating streets of Mala' Strana there's a little square with a very interesting wall.

Lennonova zeď (John Lennon Wall)

(Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Cechia)

Since 1960, this wall, part of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, has been a blank sheet where people wrote love poems and messages against the Soviet Union regime. After Lennon's death in 1980 an unknown artist painted on the surface of the wall a portrait of John Lennon along with some lyrics. Ever since it has become the John Lennon wall, gathering messages and graffiti of people from all around the world.

Lennon, that we agreed on a previous post of mines, wasn't the best man regarding his personal life, was, and still is an icon of peace, love and freedom. The wall through the years has been painted and re-painted several times but still stands and still is a place where people goes to share some words and good vibrations. Nowadays the wall area is under surveillance to preserve the artworks of the over 30 artists that in November 2019 turned a big section of the wall in a beautiful open air art gallery. It's still possible to leave messages and write on the dedicated parts of the wall.

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Comments (8)

  • No. I'd rather eat marbles and chew 5.56 rounds than see that tosser's "ode to BS"

    Lennon was not a good person... brilliant musician. But a lousy Human

      2 months ago
  • Thanks for posting! But as a sad patriot, I have to admitt, Prague has turned kind of Kafka-Švejk-stagnight-cheap beer-absinth (etc etc..) Disneyland, inclusive Lennon wall.. 😢

      2 months ago
    • Yeah I noticed when I've been there, but it remains still fascinating... I loved the library in Strahov Monastery and I've been lucky visiting the astronomical observatory on Petrin hill, there was no one and was very enjoyable :)

        2 months ago
    • Yes, the places you mentioned are the happier ones..

        2 months ago
  • Prague is perhaps my favorite city in Europe (that I've been to at least, so give me some leniency there ;-) )

    This wall feels a bit out of place there. I would have expected a memorial like this in a place where he actually lived, or had at least some connection to. Maybe Liverpool, where he was born. Maybe New York, where he lived until he was murdered. Maybe London, near Abbey Road seems fitting.

    I will wholeheartedly admit that I haven't studied Lennon's life, but the connection with Prague is lost on me. It feels similar to a statue of Mozart in Cairo, or a statue of Pele in Tokyo.

      2 months ago
    • It's such a beautiful city! I guess that the wall has become Lennon wall because of the peace message, but yep seems a bit out of place.

        2 months ago