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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 #37 of 120 Attractions in Krakow
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Styled after Arab defensive architecture, this masterpiece of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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South Wales
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147 reviews 147 reviews
66 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is probably just a building of interest as part of days gone by but nonetheless something that catches the eye and makes you get the camera out. Located very close to the Florian Gate it gives a good idea of how the city was defended in its heyday. Possibly not worth a visit on its own but with all... More 

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Athens, Greece
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28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Visiting the Barbican was part of our Free Walking Tour and it was great! We couldn't go inside ( I think it's only open from March to October?) but still, the history behind it that the tour guide shared with us made experiencing it very special :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Barbakan fortress is the only one thing that was not demolished from medieval walls in Krakow. The place is worth of visiting.

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Use the Gate as a starting point as a starting point for a walk through the old town starting here and ending at Wawel castle.

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New York City, New York
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59 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Stop by if you're in the area and have a guide or guidebook to tell you about it. They don't build them like they used to.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This well-preserved defensive structure is plonked in the middle of the Planty, unsurprisingly as it was the former moat. Dating from the 15th Century it's worth doing once, but speaking as a fit, healthy, young person, the steps inside are potentially lethal! Almost missed my footing in dark parts - where there is absolutely no natural or artificial light. The... More 

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Buenos Aires
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Barbican you will see it in one of the main access to the Old Town.Small, rounded and easy to spot.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Barbican doesn't offer very much inside as an attraction. We went on a free walking tour during our stay in Kraków and on the tour, our guide mentioned that it would take 10 minutes, tops, to go around the interior and take a few photos. We didn't actually go in, but avoided it based on our local guide's advice.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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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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324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
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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