"Medieval Fortifications - the Florian's Gate." Florian Gate Tip by Askla

Florian Gate, Krakow: 49 reviews and 83 photos

by Askla
  • - Krakow
  • St. Florian, patron saint of the firemen. - Krakow
      St. Florian, patron saint of the firemen.
    by Askla

The medieval Krakow had a defence system consisting of around three km long walls. The main walls were 10 metres high and 2,5 metres thick with 39 towers and 8 gates. Alongside the main walls there were lower walls and an eight metres deep and 22 metres wide moat. The construction started in the late 13th century. Not much of this remains today, only the Florian's Gate, a short stretch of the wall together with three towers, and the Barbican.
The Florian's Gate is ~33 metres high. It was built around 1300. This was the site where Krakow's Royal Road begun. Visiting Polish kings and queens, foreign monarchs and other guests of importance entered the city here and then went to the Main Square and further on to the Royal Castle, Wavel.
Nowadays tourists can visit the Florian's Gate as well as the Barbican (see my next tip) on a tour every day during summer. First entrance is at 10.30 and closure at 18.00.

Address: Northern end of Florianska
Directions: North-east of the main square.
Website: http://www.krakow.pl

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2012
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