118 00 Prague, Czech Republic
Lennon, a symbol of pacifism worldwide, was a hero to the dissident subculture bubbling underneath the Soviet-controlled surface. The Lennon Wall began simply as a mock grave created clandestinely by a group of young Czechs but evolved into a monument to free speech and peaceful rebellion against neo-Stalinist despotism. As hard as the powers-that-were tried to silence the subversive voices singing banned music and crying out for change, this wall became an outlet for frustrated young people to proclaim their desires for peace and freedom. Over time, the wall's original words have become concealed by hippie clichés and tourist tags, added by people who experienced nothing of what brought about the wall, but the historical significance of the John Lennon Peace Wall can't be whitewashed away.