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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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Photogenic Structure

The building is in an excellent state of preservation, and therefore provides a great photographic opportunity. However based on reviews, and looking at photos on TripAdvisor felt... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The building is in an excellent state of preservation, and therefore provides a great photographic opportunity. However based on reviews, and looking at photos on TripAdvisor felt there was little to be added to the experience by going inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

16 zloty in but not a lot to see here opens strange hours but it worth seeing as its not often you will see one.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

when i first seen this i thought it,s quite small but when you really look at it well it aint small really quite smart just down from the grunwald monument up from the st florian gate

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Originally a part of the city defenses, it is now a museum. As such it is fairly unimpressive, however it is also the venue for a wide variety of events - often several a day - some of which you'll probably like. Keep an eye out for the schedule.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Good place to stop in the small gardens just above the main market square going up towards the station and under Florians gate. Take a guide with you as there is very little to no information about the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Lovely old building with loads of atmosphere, set in a park with access to the Old Town 5 mins away and also forms part of the old Town wall

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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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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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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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