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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
Fee: Yes
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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This spot is a really interesting part of the most interesting town in all of Poland. An easy stroll from anywhere in the old city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Not much to see, lovely to see inside the Barbican though. We had fun writing our names using a feather quill but without this there wasn't much else to keep you there for that long.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This spot is a really interesting part of the most interesting town in all of Poland. An easy stroll from anywhere in the old city.

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Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Once upon a time this use to be part of the last line of defence in Krakow, worth a wander around from an amazingly well maintained piece of history, nearby is the tomb og the unknown soldier which every city seems to have and its also worth seeing.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Stopped here on our walk to the galleria shopping center. We spent over an hour in the Barbicon and another 30 minutes exploring the city wall (your admission payment covers both). The site is in great condition. I brought my teenage boys and they loved it. Many local artists sell their wares along the shaded side of the wall. Great... More 

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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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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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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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