What one notices fairly quickly when coming to The Czech Republic for the first time is the remanence of soviet culture. The communist imprint is indelibly left on the country. In Prague these eerie traces of oppression are a sense of pride to a community that has overcome so much only a few decades ago. Communism collapsed in 1989 and a new spirit was able to emerge in the city. This mentality was brewing below the surface years before democracy finally triumphed. The John Lennon Wall is one of Prague’s best examples of expressions of freedom. Just as the Berlin Wall was painted with symbols of a better future the John Lennon Wall was its Czech equivalent. In the 80’s the conditions of Communist oppression needed an outlet. Art is always an outlet for the oppressed, hurt and marginalized and thus, the wall was born. Located at the Mala Strana near the Charles Bridge people found an empty wall and let out their grievances. Painted and painted again with symbols and quotes of love and peace by John Lennon. Before the fall of the government many were arrested for painting in the public space but continued to do so anyway. The wall may be an expression of peace but was also a huge middle finger to communist forces. Years later communism is dead but the wall is still alive. Continually being painted and repainted with images of peace. This is one of the most beautiful sites in Prague and an amazing representation of the city’s endurance.

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