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Of course, I was inspired by today's Bev post.

Murals in Northern Ireland have become symbols of Northern Ireland, depicting the region's past and present political and religious divisions.

Belfast and Derry contain arguably the most famous political murals in Europe. It is believed that almost 2,000 murals have been documented since the 1970s. In 2014, the book, The Belfast Mural Guide estimated that, in Belfast, there were approximately 300 quality murals on display, with many more in varying degrees of age and decay. Murals commemorate, communicate and display aspects of culture and history. The themes of murals often reflect what is important to a particular community. A mural, therefore, exists to express an idea or message and could generally be seen as reflecting values held dear to that community.

In Irish republican areas the themes of murals can range from the 1981 Irish hunger strike, with particular emphasis on strike leader Bobby Sands; murals of international solidarity with revolutionary groups are also common.

I made quite a big walk looking for the murals with the map. One can also go for the taxi tour with the guide. This mural is on the Peace Wall - during the Troubles time, the high wall divided two communities.

I liked this one with John Lennon's message very much I will upload two more views to show how it was cleverly made.

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