"Medieval Fortifications - the Barbican." Barbican Tip by Askla

Barbican, Krakow: 48 reviews and 79 photos

by Askla
  • - Krakow
  • - Krakow
  • - Krakow
  • View towards the Florian Gate. - Krakow
      View towards the Florian Gate.
    by Askla
  • A lock with the city emblem. - Krakow
      A lock with the city emblem.
    by Askla

Krakow's main city gate had to be defended, at any cost. Therefore Europe's mightiest barbican was built in 1498 - 99 thanks to king Jan Olbracht. It's diameter is nearly 25 metres and the walls are up to 3,65 metres thick. There are 130 loopholes in four rows: the upper for archers and riflemen, the lower for the artillery. In the past the Barbican was surrounded by a 30 metres wide moat, which is now filled up and actually where we walk today.
During summer the Barbican can be visited together with a tour of the Florian's Gate.

Address: Northern end of Florianska
Directions: North-east from the main square, close to the Florian's Gate.

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2012
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