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The Barbican (Barbakan)

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Address: Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland
Phone Number: +48 12 422 98 77
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval...
Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval military engineering with its circular fortress was added to the city's fortifications in the late 15th century.
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Part of Krakow history

We only seen this from the outside but were impressed nonetheless, it was late afternoon when we were here and there was lots of activity outside with street performers etc There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
Blanche&DaveMcColl
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Dundee, Scotland

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Geldrop, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Close to the old town you will find this very interesting fortress, which you can visit. Ticket gives you also access to city walls. You get an understanding of the purpose of this building and if you imagine there used to be water around it you imagien that it was a very good defensive fortress.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Just outside the main city gate you can find this very old but superbly preserved fortress protecting the city of Krakow. You can walk around it and admire the craftsmanship, but it's even better from the inside. If you really want to learn about its long history, do a tour which is run quite regularly. you don't need to spend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I came across the city wall entrance so paid for that and was told it would get me entry to the barbican too, its a nice historic building but not that much to see in there apart from the mini chapel in the city wall area which is very picturesque. In the centre of the barbican theres a random man... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Just beyond the Florian Gate on the way to the old city is the Barbican. The purpose of this uniquely styled fortress was to protect the gate and keep the barbarians out. The design allowed for intruders to enter only to be surrounded on the interior by the armed defenders. It is meticulously preserved and with the gate are one... More 

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Dundee, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We only seen this from the outside but were impressed nonetheless, it was late afternoon when we were here and there was lots of activity outside with street performers etc There are lots of great photo opportunities here, don't feel we missed much by not going in based on previous reviews.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It wasn't clear what we were going to get for our 8 zlotys per person but it was a worthwhile adventure walking through the 3 levels of the medieval mini fortress in the round. Lots of nice little vantage points for photos of surrounding sites and sword handling / fighting in the middle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Lovely covered area with lots to poke at and look at, especially when it is hot or rainy. We were the only people in the facility and we had a great time looking at things. There are many steep stairs but the old defence walls are worth having a close look at

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Impressive historic circular fortification on a nice location near the gate and the parks. Nice looking at passing by, but there are better historic sites at Krakow.

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newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

says Wikipedia... and this one sure is/was that !!! I would not relish the idea of being an attacker and needing to get through this fortification.. Of course, now it is used for more peaceful pursuits and provides camera enthusiasts with plenty of creative opportunities to click at. It was closed when we were there, so cannot comment on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Krakow it's bursting with history, legends and story's of all descriptions... Like the Barbican, built in around the late 1400's this fort is well maintained and in excellent condition. I would suggest a guided tour here you can get free one's from the main square... Its empty but definitely worth a visit, cost us about £1 each to enter and... More 

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Address: Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland
Phone Number: +48 12 422 98 77
Location: Europe  >  Poland  >  Southern Poland  >  Lesser Poland Province  >  Krakow>  > Kleparz
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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