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Prague: John Lennon’s Wall celebrates an era of resistance

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Adding to the John Lennon Wall in Prague. Photo: Fresh Electrons

By Joann Plockova in Prague—

This year, December 8 not only marked the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, but also the 30th anniversary of one of Prague’s most unique landmarks: Prague’s John Lennon Wall.

Behind the wall

Created by Czechs as a kind of shrine to John Lennon in the days just following his death, the wall was marked with short messages, song lyrics and portraits of him.

However, when the then-communist authorities, who saw the wall as symbol of Western ideals, painted it over and broke up the gatherings that were held each year on the anniversary, the wall became a symbol of freedom and the peaceful rebellion of the Czech youth against the regime. Never letting up on the freedom that they demanded was rightfully theirs, the youths kept on putting up new markings and continued the gatherings where they lit candles and left flowers each year.

Located not far from the Charles Bridge in a quiet area of Prague’s Mala Strana district, it’s definitely a piece of history not to be missed.

Address: Velkoprevorske Namesti
Metro: Malostranska (Green line A); Tram: 12, 20, 22, 23 to “Malostranske namesti” or “Hellichova”

Beatlemania at the Czech Museum of Music
Karmelitska 2/4, Praha 1
Open daily (closed Tuesday)
General admission: 120 Kc
Web site

Subsequently, if you are in Prague until January 10, 2011, check out the “Beatlemania” exhibition currently being held at the National Museum’s Czech Museum of Music. In addition to paying homage to the band, the exhibition explores their impact on the youth behind the Iron Curtain.

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Joann Plockova

About the author: Joann Plockova is a freelance journalist based in Prague. Her work is regularly featured in both print and online publications in the Czech Republic, the U.S. and U.K. To see what she's been up to visit her Web site.

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