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“magnificent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Barbican (Barbakan)

The Barbican (Barbakan)
Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland (Kleparz)
+48 12 422 98 77
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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 fortifications in the late 15th century.
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“magnificent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I happened to stumble upon the Barbican when I first arrived in Krakow. It was a great finding!
The outside of the structure is incredible and looks like a small castle. I did not get to go inside, because it was early in the morning and it was still closed, however, I would highly recommend taking a look inside if the option presents itself.

Such an interesting part of history, in a very random spot. Very easy to find.

Visited January 2013
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Czestochowa, Poland
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“The surviving part of the medieval city walls...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Next to the main city gate, Brama Florianska, is the 5 centuries old circular marvel of military architecture surrounding 25 meters in diameter court. Its high walls are 3 meters thick. The structure, topped with 7 turrets, has 130 openings in four rows: the lower to be used by artillery, the upper for archers and riflemen.

Visited August 2012
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Brno, Czech Republic
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“History”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

If one would not know it's barbacan, it would look as small castle in most random place. Would be really interesting to take a look inside. Nowadays the 500-year-old fortification serves occasionally for a summer concert hall, theater etc.

Visited December 2012
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“A piece of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Would be even better if you could get inside and see out, but it's a good idea of what you would have seen visiting prior to the wall's almost complete destruction.

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“A Beautiful Defensive Structure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stand in the Barbikan and imagine what things must have been like. Let your mind go and picture structures of this style surrounding and protecting the city in medieval times. Imagine the walkway between it and St. Florian’s Gate with royalty passing in parades of celebration. Because everything is better when you are informed, be sure to read the signage that provides the history of the Barbakan.

Do it because it’s cheap, rare for Europe and will only take you a few minutes. It’s also straight across from St. Florian’s Gate, your entrance to the Old Town, so you won’t be going out of your way.

Visited October 2012
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