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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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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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Defensive Fortification

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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Barbican ( Barbakan) is an imposing gateway to the Old Town and was once part of the ancient defence system of this beautiful city. There is a small museum in here that in my opinion is not that interesting with posters of the original plans of the gate and fortifications but it's only a small fee to get in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One more of Krakow's must see cultural iconic buildings, situated at the end of Florianska this obviously forms part of this historical City's ancient defences, well worth a look.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst on the buggy tour around Krakow, came across the Barbican. Walked back to here after the tour, and walked around. Beautiful walking around, a must do.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built for military use to protect St. Florian's Gate. Architecture is very interesting. Hopefully you will see one of the resident cats sunning itself or playing with a mouse.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Barbican is like a gemstone in the ring, which is the lovely garden. Also one of the best meeting points.

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Colonia, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Boarbican - Barbakan Krakowski - is a fortified outpost once connected to the city walls. It is a historic gateway leading into the Old Town of Krakow. The Barbican is one of the few remining relics of complex network of fortifications and defensive barriers that once encircled the royal city. It is now a tourist attraction and venue for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Cool looking building! Has an interesting history. It's just very cool to see! Don't need to take tour to see it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The medieval gate is an remnant of the medieval walls that once surrounded the city, and hints at the defenses that were once in place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Well it's ancient and historical. But to be honest what you see is what you get. It would seem to be a great place to take your historical Kraków photos.

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