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The Barbican (Barbakan)

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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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Ul. Basztowa | 50. 0655, 19. 941644, Krakow 30-547, Poland
+48 12 422 98 77
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All reviews florian's gate interesting building old town florianska street planty park starting point the main square krakow history worth a visit lovely building walk around beautiful city structure fortifications protection moat fortified
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Barbican is one of only three such surviving fortresses still in Europe,it's by far the best preserved ,once part of the mighty defensive fortifications that encircled the city ,built in 1498 ,it was actually connected to the magnificent St Florian's Gate by means of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

2.2.19 Nice protective barrier from centuries ago. Put up as a control measure to deter invaders and to the prevailing winds that were raining trash constantly into the city. Worth a walk around visit. the Doctor Hit me with some BIG LOVE ❤️💕 and a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DoctorVonCueBall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was on foot from my apartment and was heading to the Old Town. I had to walk through the huge central park to reach there. The Barbican was situated right there as one of the outpost connecting to the city walls. It is one...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sachin0408
Reviewed December 10, 2018

It is a historic gateway leading into the Old Town of Kraków. The barbican is one of the few remaining relics of the complex network of fortifications and defensive barriers that once encircled the royal city of Kraków. The Gothic-style barbican, built around 1498, is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

The semi-circular mini-fortress dates back to the fifteenth century and was part of the city's medieval defenses. Located on the royal route outside the city walls, it defended St. Florian's gate to which it was connected by a causeway. The semi-circular mini-fortress has defensive turrets...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

I was very unimpressed by the Barbican, you pay a small fee for walking in circular fort. I think I was more impressed how it looked from outside then inside, I would skip it! Go see other amazing sites Krakow has to offer.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LL517LL
Reviewed September 27, 2018

The Barbican is a wonderfully preserved piece of Krakow history. As you walk upon the ancient protective walls of this ancient piece of protection for the city you can almost imagine the millions of souls that walked here before you watching over this beautiful city....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 516bobt
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Get this FREE with the Krakow card. Former north gate fortification was once joined by a neck to the north gate. Nice looking building but not much else to see so have a wander around. Some boards on the ground level telling you about its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ronnie K
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

It is small building and it was the main entry to old city, besides be a small construction it is interesting to look by the windows or towers and figure out how the events and invasion occurred there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vanessa G
Reviewed September 25, 2018

It is very close to the old town. Nice place to see how small was krakow. We started with free tour here. Impressive.

Date of experience: September 2018
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