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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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Barbican (Barbakan) and other Krakow attractions using our handy Krakow travel itinerary planner.
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  • Interesting architectural sight, it wasn't open to the public when we were there but a different type of building and worth viewing. 
  • For many tourists, reaching from the Barbican station is the first property, "promising" old town:) Very nicely maintained monument, interesting, historical place. Great harmony with the surrounding park
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  • A quick stop here on your trip is worth it. its an interesting building. Its usually closed, but you can take a guided trip. we just walked around it and envyed it on our way back to the hotell. 
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  • You must see this well preserved medieval structure and walk in the tunnels of its castle walls. Truely amazing. Some parts were closed because of restoration, the time I visited but the rest was good enough.
  • Simply great place, one of must-sees in Kraków. There are events inside from time to time which I'd definitely recommend to go to if you had a chance. It was a part of the wall that was around entire main square and surroundings. It's awful that in 19th century Austrian Guberium decided to destroy the walls.
  • Fortified outpost which was a gateway into the city. It is still in great condition. There would have been a moat surrounding it back in the day. From this point many of the walking tours begin
  • One of the most characteristic old buildings in Krakow. Nicely looking outside. I've never been inside though.
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