Street Art in Prague: The John Lennon Wall

By Abi King | Czech Republic

Mar 23


Who needs cobbled streets and medieval mysteries when you can have psychedelic colours, wonky lines and hearts full of passion? This is the John Lennon wall in Prague and it’s┬áthe perfect antidote to the sobering Museum of Communism I’d just visited as part of the Iron Route Project.

According to wikipedia, the wall is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross; according to the Beatles, all you need is love.

I’ll be back with regularly scheduled blogging soon enough. In the meantime, peace and love, man, peace and love.

Which painting do you like the most on the John Lennon wall?

Disclosure: I visited Prague as part of my Iron Route project, sponsored by InterRail.


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Erica March 23, 2012

Ooh I love this! It would take me so long to go through everything.

    Abi King March 26, 2012

    It’s a lovely spot in Prague, just around the corner from the classical views as well.

Candy March 24, 2012

I was there in August 2010…it’s certainly changed since then!

    Abi King March 26, 2012

    More paintings? Or just completely different ones? I wonder how quickly it changes…

Jenna March 24, 2012

Wonderful photos. I don’t know much about this wall but I do recall hearing that it was started as a way for people to express themselves and respond against communism.

    Abi King March 26, 2012

    I heard mixed reports about its origins – but it certainly works as a place for people to express themselves. It’s a really happy spot :)

Fred March 24, 2012

Thanks for posting your pics. Really cool to see the changes in the wall since I was in Prague. The Hard Day’s Night cover is my new favorite.

    Abi King March 26, 2012

    I think I like the big yellow heart…Would be good to hear how it’s changed since you were there…

      Fred March 26, 2012

      Totally different! Here’s a picture I took of an image of Lennon that has since been painted over:

      Anna Pennartz October 29, 2012

      Me too! My daughter Courtney painted it the end of her year of teaching there. I was so sad when someone painted over it.

        Abi King November 13, 2012

        Hm. Sounds like a fun idea would be an instagram stream or online gallery of the changing pictures there. Although I’m sure someone has already thought of that…

Camels & Chocolate March 27, 2012

How did I miss this entirely while I was in Prague? Sort of reminds me of the U2 wall in Dublin.

    Abi King November 13, 2012

    I missed it the first time too. It’s just tucked around a corner but it’s right near the beautiful centre.

Tash March 28, 2012

Wow, I love how this Wall changes so much with time! None of these were then when I was there in 2010…
Here were my posts about it, such different aspects each time – and It’s a neverending piece of art, and tribute to John Lennon! Amazing!

Thanks for posting your pics! Can’t get enough!

    Abi King November 13, 2012

    My pleasure!

My eyes hurt after looking at these. But it was worth it. :)

    Abi King November 13, 2012

    Heh :) Sunglasses needed for Prague, eh? Who’d have thought it?!

I love these photos. Indeed, street art as it is and grand!

Kieu October 31, 2012

Looking forward to seeing this next week!

    Abi King November 13, 2012

    Hope you managed to find it!

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