The John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon wall is situated in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. Beatles-related and politically-inspired graffiti covers the entirety of this wall, which is located in Malá Strana. Images of John Lennon appeared there shortly after his passing in 1980. Soon after many others followed suit, making regular artistic contributions. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta owns the wall and the Knights of Malta have made numerous attempts throughout the years to stop artists from vandalizing it. However, this was to no avail; despite it being painted over several times by authorities, new portraits and poems continually appear. Throughout time, the wall has undergone constant change. The original John Lennon portrait has since been lost under the many layers. The wall also underwent repairs and reconstruction in 1998. Covered initially in anti-Communist graffiti, the wall today stands as both a tribute to John Lennon and a symbol of peace and free speech.