The Barbican (Barbakan), Krakow

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Learn the history of the city's defensive walls at The Barbican (Barbakan), a historical gateway leading into the Old Town. The circular fortress with an inner courtyard and seven turrets was added to the city's fortifications along the coronation route in the late 15th century. Look for a tablet on its eastern wall commemorating the feat of a local burgher who defended the city by shooting a Russian commander with a coat button. Notice forwarded balconies with floor hatches that were used to pour melted lead, boiling oil, or to throw projectiles. Now the fortification hosts medieval pageants, jousting contests, summer concerts, and theater performances. For The Barbican (Barbakan) and beyond, use our Krakow trip itinerary builder app to get the most from your Krakow vacation.
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  • Is a bastion that fuingeva from outpost, literally outside the city walls, in front of the door of Florianska. Hours of operation are not very clear, but it is already interesting as seen from outside
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  • It is a nice piece of history this structure which is right in front of Florian's gate, but ist not open during the winter months.  more »
  • We walked up to this place today and had a look around. Steeped in history, this gothic fortress is now an outdoor museum.  more »
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