Krakow Barbican

Address: Basztowa

Area: Old Town

Type: Landmarks/Monuments

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The Krakow Barbican was formerly the main city gate and was originally surrounded by a moat which spanned 30-metres wide from the city walls.

uilt in the 16th Century the fortress was insurmountable largely thanks to the gigantic barbican, topped with seven turrets and has 130 loopholes positioned across the 3-metre thick walls that stand 10-metres high.

The lower loopholes were used by artillery men whilst archers and rifleman manned the upper levels. The medieval fortification is occasionally used as a concert hall, but is most commonly used as a tourist attraction and visitors are invited on guided tours which run on a daily basis between 10.30am and 6pm.

In addition to the barbican the tour also includes a look at the parapet walk across the remnants of the city walls and the neo-Gothic chapel in the upper echelons of the Brama Florianska gate and tower. 


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