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Krakow's Barbican / Barbakan

Barbican / Barbakan

Krakow, Poland

 
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Krakow's Barbican / Barbakan
Krakow's Barbican / Barbakan
Krakow's Barbican / Barbakan
Krakow's Barbican / Barbakan
Address
30-547 Basztowa str.
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Opening hours
10:30 - 18:00
Recommended duration
2 hours

The element of the Krakow's medieval defences, the Barbican was built at the end of the 15th century to protect Krakow's main entrance. It was connected to the Florianska Gate with a drawbridge over the trench that surrounded it. 3 metres thick walls this creation of medieval military engineering proved impregnable and stands even today as one of remaining structures of its kind in Europe.

Krakow Barbican built in Gothic style and is topped by seven turrets and includes 130 defensive slots used by archers and riflemen.

Deadly button

One of famous legends comes from 1768, when local ruler Martin Oracewicz protected Krakow from the Russians by shooting their commander Colonel Panin dead with a coat button from his position within the Barbican. A memorial tablet on the fortress' eastern side memorialize that incident.

Krakow's Barbican today

Today the Barbican is used for various special activities like medieval pageants or jousting contests and can be visited as an outdoor museum from April till October, where you'll get a lot of info about the history of Krakow's defensive walls.

Bastion is often empty, so it became a great place for games, role-playing.

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You must see this well preserved medieval structure and walk in the tunnels of its castle walls. Truely amazing. Some parts were closed because of restoration, the time I visited but the rest was good enough.

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Well, to be honest , not impressed )) But to go there, like, you have. One of the attractions must visit in Krakow. With an interesting story, by the way.

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Ну если честно , не впечатлил )) Но побывать там, вроде как, надо. Одна из достопримечательностей , обязательных к посещению в Кракове. С интересной историей, кстати.
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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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It is a nice walk, really beautiful view, and in the center of the city

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The fortifications of the medieval defences of the city walls of Krakow;s old. The characteristic element of the city centre.

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Fortificazioni medioevale a difese delle mura della Cracovia antica. Elemento caratteristico del centro città.
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Just looks class.

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Sieht einfach klasse aus.
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Good to make the meeting point.
Still looks like the doors of the city, in the old days.

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Interesting building defensive of the Middle Ages

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Interesante edificio defensivo de la Edad Media
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One of the most characteristic old buildings in Krakow. Nicely looking outside. I've never been inside though.

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The story of the students who stole the canon and shot the Barbakana during a boozy night is very good.

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La historia de los estudiantes que robaron el canon y le dispararon a la Barbakana durante una noche de borrachera es muy buena.
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Simply great place, one of must-sees in Kraków. There are events inside from time to time which I'd definitely recommend to go to if you had a chance. It was a part of the wall that was around entire main square and surroundings. It's awful that in 19th century Austrian Guberium decided to destroy the walls.

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