I visited Prague a few years ago, and had heard about the Lennon Wall so made sure I fitted a visit into my schedule.  The wall started out as an ordinary enough wall, but since the eighties it has been filled with Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from the Beatles songs.

Lennon was a hero to the pacifist youth of Central and Eastern Europe during the totalitarian era. Prior to 1989 when communism ruled, western pop songs were banned by Communist authorities, and especially John Lennon´s songs, because it was praising freedom that didn’t exist here. Some musicians were actually jailed for playing it!

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…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. {Source:}

Today the original portrait and messages are long covered over, but it is a wonderful place to visit and read all the many messages of peace left by people from all over the world.  I still enjoy looking at this photo; everytime you look at it, you see one more message or name that you hadn’t seen before.

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