Barbican, Warsaw

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    The Barbican

    by aukahkay Written Feb 2, 2006

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    Fortifications of the Barbican
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    In the old town of Warsaw lies a medieval fortification in Gothic style. It was built in 1548 as a city wall. Today, it is a place to hangout. Street vendors sell postcards and other souvenirs and there are also street performers.

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    The Barbican

    by dlandt Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    Now what European city would be complete without its Middle Ages defenses? These are, as you would expect, intact, well-preserved and nice to look at. Passing through it, you are moving between Old Town and New Town. Don't be surprised if you see street performers and artists working along the cobblestone street.

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    by acemj Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    The Barbican (Barbakan in Polish) is a large defensive tower that was reconstructed after WWII. When I was in Warsaw, I sort of thought of it as the gateway to the New Town from the Old Town. As you pass through the gate, you'll notice vendors selling wares appealing to tourists along with musicians and the passing crowds. You also may run into two teenagers making out in the windows that are recessed deep into the walls. Funny.

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    Barbican, Warsaw

    by mightywease Written Sep 4, 2005
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    The Barbican was built in 1548 as part of the Old Town’s fortifications and as protection for the Nowomiesjska Gate, of which little remains. It was partially dismantled during the 19th Century and rebuilt after World War II.

    Nowadays the walls of the Barbican serve as an outdoor gallery where paintings/pictures are displayed for sale and also seemed to be a popular place for people to meet and hang out. It also provided a little bit of shelter from the biting January wind and snow!

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    The Barbican

    by evaanna Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    The Barbican and the town walls
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    The Barbican was built in 1548 as part of the town fortifications. However, in the 18th and 19th centuries it was partly dismantled and surrounded by houses. The remaining part somehow escaped the Second World War destruction. Completely reconstructed in 1953, it is now a gateway to the Old Town from Podwale St. Once you are there, take a walk on the fortifications, where you will also find the Monument to the Small Insurgent, which commemorates a courageous little boy-soldier of the Warsaw Uprising.

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    City Walls

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    City Walls

    Those were reconstructed after World War II. They were rebuilt after the War with original historical bricks taken from... gothic churches of Silesia. Those churches were especially demolished for bricks!!!

    That's idiocy, isn't it!!!

    If you have a chance please have a closer look at the walls to admire the way they were built - layer after layer.

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    Barbican

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    This gate was built in middle ages. It blocked entrance to the Old Town of Warsaw through city walls.

    As most of historical buildings, the Barbican was totally destroyed by Nazis during World War II.

    At present it hosts sellers of the ugliest pictures on earth as well as young peple who collect money for a little cheap wine they cannot afford. Barbican constitutes one of tourists' favourite photo objects .

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    The Barbican

    by Lensa Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Warsaw, The Barbican

    Venturing north of the Old Town Square, you'll come upon the 16th century Barbican which today peacefully hosts artists and musicians.
    The Barbican was built to protect one of the gates in the double ringed wall protecting Old Town in 1548.

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    Barbican - Old Town

    by AcornMan Written Sep 7, 2004

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    Originally built in 1548 as the final part of the Old Town's fortifications, the Barbican was designed by the Venetian architect Giovanni Battista. Like most of the rest of the city, it had to be rebuilt after World War II, but you'd never know looking at it that it's so young. You will have no trouble finding it it on the north side of Old Town.

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    Photo exibits...

    by PolishChick Written Jul 19, 2004

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    A photo exibit in Barbican...

    Warsaw simply loves photo exibits!!! You will see them in a lot of places in the summer- the Barbican, the Old Town, on the fence of Lazienki Park.....The photos are great and writing is in 2 languages- Polish and English. Enjoy!!!

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    The Barbican- the walls of the old Warsaw...

    by PolishChick Updated May 8, 2004

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    The Barbican

    This is Barbican. It was constructed in 1548 to become a part of 1200 metres long city defence wall system. Check out how small Warsaw used to be- just what`s inside of the walls-the Old Town!!! Nowadays it`s just a really friendly place for artists and painters and a cool spot to hang out as well!

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    Barbican

    by M.E.R.V Updated Nov 20, 2003

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    someone please tell them to p off!

    The 16th century Barbican in Warsaw marks the boundary between the old and new town. It is filled with people selling paintings and Polish handcrafts.This is me looking very annoyed by the couple beside me. Look at that lady, is she posing for a picture or more interested in eating her damn bagel!

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    Barbican

    by Spinka Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    Barbican (wiev from Podwale Street)

    As you walk from the Old Town to the New Town you will pass through the Barbican - the most interesting part of city walls that encircle Old Town. This impressive Gothic structure with Renaissance roof was built in 1548 in front of the New Town gate according to the design of Jan Baptiste from Venice.
    It’s a border-point between Old and New Town.

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    The Barbican ( La Barbacana)

    by elcolibri Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    The Barbican is a semicircular stronghold with Gothic Towers and a terrace surrounded by a parapet . It is in the Gate of the New Town. Was built in 1548, partially demolished in the XIX Century and rebuilt after WWII. Now many painters and musics used it to sell their paintings and souvenirs.
    La Barbacana es una fortaleza en la Puerta de la Ciudad Nueva, data del año 1548 y es la mas joven de todas las fortificaciones, fue demolida parcialmente en el Siglo XIX y reconstruida despues de la II GM. Siempre esta llena de pintores y vendedores ambulantes que aprovechan el paso obligatorio de turistas para exponer y vender sus obras.

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    The Barbican (Barbakan)

    by Janina_B. Written Jan 3, 2003

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    The only existing town gate (fortress gate)

    A few steps away (16, Freta Street) you'll see the original home of Maria Sklodowska-Curie which is now a museum devoted to her, the first woman to win a Nobel prize (for the discovery of radioactivity).

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