Monday, February 9, 2009

Last Day in Prague

Woke up my last morning in Prague to a beautiful, light snow fall. It didn't stay on the ground for long after it warmed up, but the city sure looked pretty with a bit of snow, if only for a short time.

Rolf and the John Lennon wall. After Lennon was killed in 1980 people began to paint this wall in dedication to him. The Soviets weren't a big fan of this sort of expression, so they would cover it up, and then people would just paint it again. Today it is more of a free-graffiti area, but the John Lennon theme is still prevalent.

This building is known as the "Dancing House", and was designed by architect Frank Gehry, who also did the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

A memorial to two young Czechs who gave their lives in protest against the Soviet Union in 1969. On January 16th of that year, Jan Palach lit himself on fire in this spot in Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet crackdown on earlier protests. Within a few weeks, the other youth memorialized here follow Jan's example. Both were only 18 or 19 years old.

Wenceslas Square

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