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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
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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
Fee: Yes
Description:

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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Quick Visit - Interesting Building

The Barbican is striking in it's appearance, an unusual architectural building. The building was closed during our visit but it is possible to take a guided tour. We stopped... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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County Tipperary, Ireland
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County Tipperary, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barbican is striking in it's appearance, an unusual architectural building. The building was closed during our visit but it is possible to take a guided tour. We stopped by for a quick visit and viewed the building from the outside and it is part of the city's history. It provides an excellent photo opportunity as it is one of... More 

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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting architectural sight, it wasn't open to the public when we were there but a different type of building and worth viewing.

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Stavanger
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quick stop here on your trip is worth it. its an interesting building. Its usually closed, but you can take a guided trip. we just walked around it and envyed it on our way back to the hotell.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting part of history... but only if you like history, otherwise, not worth finding. It is at the 'top' of the Old City, many tram and bus lines pass it by and it is at the top of FlorianskaSt.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Krakow one of the places have to be an old part of wall formation which was protecting the city from enemies (not like the one that Donald is trying to build...😀) You can for a fee enter and explore the formation and learn about history and what it was to live in the town long time ago. Currently... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This unusual building just outside the city walls is a favourite place for tourists to take their photos. It is one of the most recognisable places in Cracow

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

Part of the city wall, it is worth to visit it, although it is not possible to go in. A fortress here could ever get through the city wall.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

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 January 18, 2017

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 January 10, 2017

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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