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The Barbican (Barbakan)

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Neighborhood: Kleparz
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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
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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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Interesting visit

Stumbled across this building when walking around the area close to the main square. Interesting architecture, accompanied with interesting information. Gives the history to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lauren S
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fortified outpost which was a gateway into the city. It is still in great condition. There would have been a moat surrounding it back in the day. From this point many of the walking tours begin

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating relic of the old walled city, mostly replaced by the green space but this elegant and interesting gate house remains.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was nice to pass by this place. It's located on the border of the old town and in front of the Florian gate.

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Manresa, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a building behind Sant Florian gate. It's small and it's worth a s'hort visit, specially from outside.

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Thank Joan Ramon S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this building when walking around the area close to the main square. Interesting architecture, accompanied with interesting information. Gives the history to the wonderful city of Kraków.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old town gate. There is a small museum there but it was closed until later in the day when I visited. Pleasant walk through city park adjacent which has public art work. If you are looking for a quick stop outside the main square, this might be the ticket.

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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

unfortunately most as destroyed at the end of 18th Century but the reconstructed part look original at the end Florient street

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great medivel defence building outside the old town. Nice to see in the summer heat. But again just a building. Maybe if they offered more info I'd appreciate it more!

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its simplicity is its forte in a city where Baroque ornementation is king. Give it a quick but good look when entering the Old City.

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Manchester England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Krakow's Barbican is the last remaining tower from approximately a dozen that were integral to the protection of the medieval walled city. It's been well restored and thank God they didn't pull this one down too. A walk through Planty Park will bring you to it. And it's free. You can see everything and take a few pictures in less... More 

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