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

    by PolishChick Updated May 8, 2004

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    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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    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 10, 2010

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    The Barbican (Barbakan) was built in 1548 and is part of the 1200 m long city walls.

    It serves as a gate between the Old and New Town of Warsaw. Nowadays it is a popular place for street vendors and performers.

    Directions:
    The Barbican can be found at the northern end of the Old Town between the streets Nowomiejska and Freta.

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    The best of all barbicans I've seen :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 8, 2006

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    WARSAW BARBICAN AND MOAT
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    Barbican is a fortified outpost or gateway to a city or castle. Polish barbicans were situated outside the main line of defences and connected to the city walls with a walled road (sometimes covered) called the neck. They were built until the 15th or even 16th century when with the improvement in siege tactics and artillery, they lost their significance.

    I've already seen 8 of 23 barbicans which survived till now in 9 European countries (9 in UK, 5 in Poland). And I have to say that nothing compare to the two Polish barbicans: in Krakow and in Warsaw. Well, Poland and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth being European (= world that time) superpower in 15/16th century built many fortifications to defend the country which naturally had to have many enemies.

    Warsaw barbican was built very late, in 1548. It was designed by Jan Baptysta Wenecjanin, an Renaissance achitect, to protect Nowomiejska gate. This wonderful round structure is enforced by 4 semi-round towers. After WWII damages the barbican was reconstructed in details but without the neck and gate (why?) which are marked with lower wall and different colour of pavement now. The way through the barbican connects the Old Town with the New Town. Barbican is the name of Warsaw taxi company, restaurant, pubs etc. now.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Feb 4, 2006

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    Hardly further the Market Square there is Barbikan - a part of a medieval wall around of Warsaw . On one of ledges of a wall in 1855 it was installed} Warsaw Water Nymph - a symbol of city.
    When I was in Warsaw in 1995, I saw Warsaw Water Nymph in Barbican.
    In 1999 she was in the yard of Royal Castle.
    Now I don't know where is she!
    The legend is connected with her, that once the mermaid the Siren came up from Vistula and forecasted to fisherman Varsu and his wife Sava, that they would construct a city there. And it has turned out Warsaw!

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    walk on the walls

    by uglyscot Updated May 5, 2008

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    The Barbican dates from 1548, and was restored 1953-4. It is a bridge between the Old Town and the New Town. Built of red brick, the towers and walls [or if you prefer, turrets and ramparts ] are a striking feature, Within the nooks and crannies artists try to sell their paintings, carvings etc. The ramparts are not very long so a walk on them does not take much time.

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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

    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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    Barbican

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 8, 2008

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    Barbican

    This massive, red-brick city gate (together with some remnants of the historic city walls) was created in the 16th century by an Venetian architect, the Italians then being experts in fortification architecture. It marks the border between Warsaw Old Town and New Town.

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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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    by ZiOOlek Written Jun 5, 2006

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    From its very foundation (around 1300) the Old Town was surrounded by an earthen rampart. In the XVI century the old walls made of mud and sand were replaced by defense walls made of bricks, on the stone foundations, with rectangular bastions and the Barbican (which is a gate, in front of the Nowomiejska Gate) designed by Giovanni Battista of Venice.

    From the second half of the XVIII the walls had been successfully pulled down. What we have today is a reconstruction done in 1946 - 1954, based on the state of the end of the XVI century. Relics of the old Gothic bridge can still be seen today. Within the walls the monuments were erected: to Jan Kiliński, the leader of the townsmen of Warsaw during the Kościuszko Insurrection in 1794 (the statue by St. Jackowski, made in 1935), and to the Young Insurgent in 1983 by Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz.

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    by traveloturc Written Jul 31, 2006

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    The Old Town is surrounded by city walls. The northern gate to the city five hundred years ago was transformed into a type of a fortress called barbican. At those times it was one of the most modern type of fortification. Nowadays it’s a spot for young painters to show their works.

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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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