Prague is a city of beauty. This is undeniable. Be it the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock or medieval squares, each monument is a spellbinding medley of baroque, neo-classical, cubist and contemporary architecture. It is a city of artists, buskers, poets and thinkers. All this is known to tourists.
It was on my second day that I discovered a lesser-known facet of the city. Wandering across the quiet Velkopevoské Square, a short distance from the French Embassy, I came across a stretch of wall covered in colourful graffiti.
“This is the Lenin Wall,” I heard a tourist telling his companion. “A symbol of the country’s dissident past.”
Wondering why the Czechs, who finally broke away from the Soviet Union in 1993, had dedicated a wall to Lenin, I studied the graffiti carefully. And then I saw that it was not Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary, but John Lennon, the…
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