World of Walls


Walls have been built since ancient times, to mark borders, to keep enemies out or to keep people in. In more recent times, walls have also been built to serve as memorials and structures of art. But no matter what purpose they serve, walls dominate the landscape wherever they stand.

Here are some of the most iconic walls around the world:
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications to protect the Chinese states and empires against the invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.

Market Theater Gum Wall
Market Theater Gum Wall in Seattle is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. The tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatre sports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs.

The Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague, which has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti. Today, it represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace.

Pont des Art
Pont des Art, a bridge on the River Seine in Paris has transformed into a wall of ‘love locks’ left there by couples with their names inscribed on them.

The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall in Germany was built in the middle of Berlin by East Germany at the peak of the Cold War in order to stop East Berliners from escaping to the west. It was finally taken down with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.

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