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The Barbican (Barbakan)

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Address: Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland
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+48 12 422 98 77
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Impressive defensive structure

Another fine example of a medieval military fortification although history has shown that such structures were not always as impregable as the occupiers considered them to be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Originally built as a fortification in the mid 16th Century the Barbican is a beautifully preserved piece of military architecture and well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's on the way from the train station to the center of town. Quick stop. Interesting little tour only if you have extra time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barbican was built to add extra protection to a weak section of the city wall. It stood outside the city moat, now the Planty, and had a long bridge that connected it with St. Florian Gate. This was the main entrance to the city. I liked it, but I didn't go inside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another fine example of a medieval military fortification although history has shown that such structures were not always as impregable as the occupiers considered them to be. Anyway this is an impressive structure standing just outside Krakow's city walls, no doubt to offer protection to the St Florian Gate. Unfortunately not open to the public throughout the winter months.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You simply can't miss it if you are staying in the old town area. When you walk out St. Florian's Gate it is right there. The architecture is the draw. It is also Krakow! Was not open when I was there, but I went by it a number of times during my stay in Krakow.

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Levice, Slovakia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the other side of town, it stands this little castle. it's a castle fortifications. I was inside and I do not know whether it will ever go inside but since I like the medieval complex, I did not want to miss

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Barbican - a city gate and a wall is a place of young art presentation. You can buy just contemporary art, some pictures were briliant. As minimum worth to see. This December was empty, but in a summer time a nice attraction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

very cool place, in the middle of the Planty. I was taking a walk and then I saw the big iron frame, just in front of the Barbarican, don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Very impressive area worth a walk around. one of few remaining relics of the complex network of historic fortifications. It was designed by Jan Baptist the Venetian, an Italian Renaissance architect who lived and worked in the Mazowsze region of 16th century Poland.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

This unique building is just outside the city walls and would have been surrounded with water. It is just north of St. Florian's Gate and really is a unique round building. The inside reminds me of the castles in the movies but on a smaller rounder scale. I thought it was a real neat place.

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