City Defence Walls
This small museum includes entry to both the Florian Gate (Brama Floriańska) and Barbican (Barbakan), among the few surviving remnants...
The most intriguing remnant of the medieval fortifications, the Barbican is a powerful, circular brick bastion adorned with seven...
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Piwnica Pod Złotą Pipą
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Florian Gate information
This attractive stone gateway is the only one of the city’s original eight gates that was not dismantled during the 19th-century modernisation. It was built around 1300, although the top is a later addition. The adjoining walls, together with two towers, have also been left standing.
To the north of the gate and included in the entry fee is the Barbican . The most intriguing remnant of the medieval fortifications, this powerful, circular brick bastion is adorned with seven turrets. There are 130 loopholes in its 3m-thick walls. This striking piece of defensive art was built around 1498 as an additional protection of the Florian Gate, and was once connected to it by a narrow passage running over a moat. It’s one of the very few surviving structures of its kind in Europe, and also the largest and perhaps the most beautiful.