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The Barbican (Barbakan)

Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland (Kleparz)
+48 12 422 98 77
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Ranked #46 of 139 Attractions in Krakow
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Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval military engineering with its circular fortress was added to the city's... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

During yet another two week visit to Krakow, I finally managed to visit the interior of the Barbican. Am glad I did, although to be frank there is not much to see inside except bricks, steps, and the small courtyard. Still, it was interesting to see this unique piece of military history up close. The ticket also allows you to... More

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Gateshead, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This fortified outpost was a defensive structure built at the end of the 15th century to provide protection to the main northern entrance into the old town of Krakow and is located beside the Florian Gate. It used to be attached to the old city walls but now stands a short distance away and is in a quite superb condition.... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Does not consist of a whole lot but if you take the time to re-imagine being in this building defending the city against invaders it is really quite impressive. Even if you aren't a history buff you might consider taking refuge here during a Krakow thunderstorm and giving it a chance.

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

You will get a ticket for both the Barbakan and the Florian Gate - both part of the old fortifications of Krakow. Barbakan is one of the 3 still remaining intact in the whole world so it is totally worth a shot! Kids will love climbing up the walls and chasing the pidgeons ;)

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Visit the Barbican and feel like a medieval knight or princess walking through the place - see what is left of the city's fortification system.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Barbakan is part of the old fortifications of Krakow. Now it is an interactive part of the history of the city as you can walk along the top and view out, through the slits and view holes, across the near distance. This gives you a perspective of what it would have been like as a guard. There are informative plaques... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wonderfully preserved part of the city fortifications & it is well worth a look. Unfortunately it was closed during our visit but there is a wonderful of how this was an integral part of the fortifications jut beside the Florian Gate.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We bought our tickets - 6 PLN or about $2 - at the city defense walls (Pijarska and Szpitalna streets) which include entry to both the walls and the nearby Barbican. The walk along what is left of the city walls is interesting and the many posters along the way provide an illustrated, detailed history. Half way along the walls... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were told the story of this building while on a walking tour of the Old City. Our guide brought it to life for us and we were impressed by its architecture.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The name says it all. It is a huge Barbakan (polish name). It stands immediately outside what remains of the town fortification walls. You can tell there used to be massive walls leading to the Barbakan town entrance, but they were removed during the time when Austria controlled Krakow (aka when Poland did not exist on maps). The remains are... More

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