Barbican of Kraków and Florian Gate
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Barbican of Kraków and Florian Gate

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The Barbican of Kraków (Polish: Barbakan Krakowski) is a fortified outpost or gateway – a barbican – one of the few remaining relics of the complex network of fortifications and defensive barriers encircling the city of Kraków, Poland. It currently serves as a tourist attraction and a location of many multidisciplinary exhibitions.
Based on Arabic rather than European defensive architecture, this masterpiece of medieval military engineering with its circular fortress was added to the city's fortifications in the late 15th century.
Barbakan is one of the very few surviving structures of its kind in Europe, built around 1498. It is a moated cylindrical brick structure with an inner courtyard and seven turrets. Its 3-metre thick walls have 130 embrasures. Barbakan was originally linked to the city walls through the Florian Gate by a covered passage-way. On its eastern wall is a tablet commemorating the feat of the Kraków burgher, Marcin Oracewicz who, during the Confederation of Bar, defended the town against the Russians and shot the enemy colonel, Panin. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbican_of_Krak%C3%B3w)

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B: Kraków

by Maciej G. Szling, 20 meters away

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C: Barbakan

by Maciej G. Szling, 30 meters away

Barbakan

D: Barbakan as seen from the inner balcony near the staircase

by Jan Mulder, 30 meters away

The fortification Barbakan just outside the wall of the old city of Krakow has been nicely renovated ...

Barbakan as seen from the inner balcony near the staircase

E: Chapel in Florianska gate

by Jan Mulder, 30 meters away

In the tower of Florianska gate with a nicely decorated chapel is present, which is accessible as par...

Chapel in Florianska gate

F: Florianska gate, Krakow

by Jan Mulder, 30 meters away

Florianska gate in the city wall, with a look out to Florianska street on the south and to the Planty...

Florianska gate, Krakow

G: Barbakan, centre of the court yard

by Jan Mulder, 40 meters away

The fortification Barbakan just outside the wall of the old city of Krakow has been nicely renovated ...

Barbakan, centre of the court yard

H: On top of Florianska gate with look out in Florianska street

by Jan Mulder, 40 meters away

On the balcony of the city wall just above the Florianska gate with a look out into Florianska street...

On top of Florianska gate with look out in Florianska street

I: Madonna under the Florianska gate

by Jan Mulder, 40 meters away

Down south the Maria church can be discerned, up north the fortification Barbakan. Photo's taken on D...

Madonna under the Florianska gate

J: Brama Florianska Krakow Eq

by Jann Lipka, 40 meters away

Brama Florianska Krakow Eq

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