Lennon Wall & Wenceslas Square
On the way down from the castle we stopped at the John Lennon Wall. The wall has a fascinating story starting with the death of John Lennon and represents peace and free speech. It is hidden along a side street that is hard to find (between the castle and Charles Bridge).
a statue of a supernatural being from Czech and Slavic fairytales - vodník (vodanoy, wassermann, water sprite) – which is guarding the wheel of Grand priory mill (Velkoprevorský mlýn) in Kampa Island in Lesser Town of Prague
Wenceslas Square is a place with much significance to Czech history. It has been key in many significant historical events of the Czech nation. It's also a hub for all types of commerce and a destination for stag parties.
- Wenceslas Square was originally a horse market, starting in 1348.
- During the Czech national revival movement in the 19th century, the statue was built, and the square was officially named Wenceslas Square.
- On 28 October 1918, Alois Jirásek proclaimed independence of Czechoslovakia in front of the Saint Wenceslas statue.
- In the 1930s the Nazis used the square for demonstrations. Later, the resistance also used the square to oppose them.
- During the Prague Uprising in 1945, a few buildings near the National Museum were destroyed.
- On 16 January 1969, student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968.
- In 1989, during the Velvet Revolution, demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people were also held here.