St. Florian's Gate / Brama Florianska
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Iconic Florianska Gate (St. Florian's Gate or Brama Florianska) was erected in 1307. Once it was connected to the Barbican with drawbridge over the city moat. This Gothic gateway tower and its adjacent towers (and - the Barbican) are almost all that remains of the Krakow's medieval defence fortifications that once surrounded the ancient Old Town. During 19th century Austrian occupation, local efforts saved St. Florian's Gate from destruction.
Today Florianska Gate remains the primary entry point to Krakow's Old Town, leading tourists from train station to one of the city's main commercial passages (Florianska Street), in the direction of the Main Market Square.
Street musicians very ofthen play beneath the tower, and ranks of paintings by local artists are sold in the open on either side of the gate.
St. Florian's Gate features a stone eagle to the side facing the Barbican, and a 19th century bas-relief of Saint Florian to the side of Florianska Street. If you get a ticket for visiting the City Defensive Walls museum (April to October only), you can reach a hidden chapel in the tower itself and also altar in the passageway. This trip may be worth the cost of tickets - for the photo prospects of Florianska Street from the balcony.