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Barbican, Warsaw: 39 reviews and 80 photos
Barbican is a fortified outpost or gateway to a city or castle. Polish barbicans were situated outside the main line of defences and connected to the city walls with a walled road (sometimes covered) called the neck. They were built until the 15th or even 16th century when with the improvement in siege tactics and artillery, they lost their significance.
I've already seen 8 of 23 barbicans which survived till now in 9 European countries (9 in UK, 5 in Poland). And I have to say that nothing compare to the two Polish barbicans: in Krakow and in Warsaw. Well, Poland and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth being European (= world that time) superpower in 15/16th century built many fortifications to defend the country which naturally had to have many enemies.
Warsaw barbican was built very late, in 1548. It was designed by Jan Baptysta Wenecjanin, an Renaissance achitect, to protect Nowomiejska gate. This wonderful round structure is enforced by 4 semi-round towers. After WWII damages the barbican was reconstructed in details but without the neck and gate (why?) which are marked with lower wall and different colour of pavement now. The way through the barbican connects the Old Town with the New Town. Barbican is the name of Warsaw taxi company, restaurant, pubs etc. now.
Address: Ul. Nowomiejska; Warszawa; Polska
Directions: At the northern edge of the Old Town. Map here - the barbican is where letters "mi" in Nowomiejska are on the map.
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