Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A revolving wheel symbolizes the endless course of time...

Yesterday I asked if you knew where this is:

It's called The Golden Wheel and it dates from the end of the 18th century.  In ancient cultures, the wheel was a powerful symbol of the energy that animates the entire universe.  A revolving wheel symbolizes the endless course of time, the changeability of fate and the inevitable cycle of rise and fall; as a symbol of the turns of fate, it also holds a leading position in the Tarot pack.

Hotel U U Zlatého Kola

Today the building houses a really nice hotel called The Golden Wheel (Hotel U Zlatého Kola).  The first records of a building at this location go back all the way to the end of the 15th century.  In 1541, after a major fire destroyed almost three-quarters of the Lesser Quarter in three hours, the building underwent a major renovation.  At the end of the 17th century, the building was owned by a painter named Kristian Dittman, who performed another major renovation and also added another floor.  The current appearance of the hotel is due to sensitive renovation of the baroque building, conserving and revitalizing its authentic charm. Inside you'll find an original medieval wall and the chimney of a so-called "black kitchen" - from times when cooking was done on an open fire.

The Golden Wheel 
Nerudova 28, Mala Strana

For a link to the hotel, please visit