Barbican, Warsaw

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    Barbican

    by Raimix Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    City barbican together with defensive walls was built in 1548, projected by Italian Giovanni Batista. Actually most of walls and barbican were rebuilt after destruction of Second World War.

    Nowadays it is symbolic place that connects old and new tows. Nearby you could see souvenir sellers and musicians.

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    Barbican visit

    by Martin_S. Updated May 8, 2011

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    Along the wall to the Barbican, Warsaw
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    Beautiful walk through the old Warsaw center to arrive at the Barbican. Daria, Zohara and I approached it along the city walls which was part of the defense system. What I found on the internet simply said that it was built in the 16th century and is "classical" Gothic.

    We found several local artists selling their wares here at the Barbican.

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    The Barbican

    by alancollins Written Sep 5, 2006

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    The Old Town is surrounded by a wall and the northern gate into the New Town has a small fort called The Barbican. The original fortress was constructed in 1339 with a number of make- overs since. Unfortunately the fortress, as with the rest of the Old Town was destroyed during the second world war. The Barbican has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

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    Semi circle fortified medieval outpost

    by fachd Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The Warsaw Barbican is a semi circle fortified medieval outpost connected to the city walls, which was used for defensive purposes. It was destroyed during WWII and Warsaw Uprising in 1944. It was rebuilt after the war using scattered bricks from historical buildings that was destroyed. They used the etching from 17th century diagram. It is a major tourist attraction and is located between the Old and New Town close to the Old Town Main Square.

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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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    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

    by dejavu2gb Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    Built in 1548 and designed by Venetian Architect, Giovanni Battista.
    In 1936 the lower parts of the Barbican and fragments of the ramparts were unearthed and restored.
    The reconstruction was completed in 1954.

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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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    City Walls

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    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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    The City Walls

    by fachd Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The City Walls form a city circle around the Old City. It was built during the 14th and 15th century and like all ancient walls it was built for defensive purposes. Much of it has been destroyed during WWII; today you can see fragments of the wall at the old city starting on one side of the Castle Square to the north of Market Square.

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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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    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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    Barbican (and city walls)

    by Airpunk Written Nov 1, 2011
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    The name Barbican is used for the whole defence structures north of the old town, not just only for the classic barbican. They were all built in the mid-16th century, using red bricks as main material. Those structures in the present form replaced older fortifications dating back to 1339. The city walls were partly demolished in the 18th and 19th century, although some parts were pretty well preserved until 1944 when German Nazi Forces blew them up together with most of the old town. The current Barbican is a post-war reconstruction and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritages Site which comprises the old town and the Royal Castle. It was finished in 1954, but earned criticism as some of the material used came from demolished historic buildings outside of Warsaw. The Barbican itself is the second largest in Poland (after Kraków) and only one of two dozens which have survived to this very day in Europe. Today, it is a popular spot for artists to sell their work – you will find them even in the midst of a typical Warsaw winter.

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    Las murallas / The walls

    by elpariente Written Nov 26, 2011


    Barbican: a medieval defensive structure that served as support of the boundary wall, located on a door that was used for defensive purposes
    The Barbican is one of the few remaining fortifications in Warsaw. It was built in the sixteenth century and was restored after World War II using the bricks from the ruins of the Old City
    Separate the Old city of the New and in one side is the Vistula river
    Here usually there ara artists selling wood carvings, paintings ...

    Barbacana: es una estructura defensiva medieval que servía como soporte al muro de contorno , situada sobre una puerta o puente que fuera utilizada con propósitos defensivos
    La Barbacana es una de las pocas fortificaciones que quedan en Varsovia . Se construyó en el siglo XVI y se rehabilitó después de la segunda Guerra Mundial utilizando los ladrillos de las ruinas de la Ciudad Antigua
    Separa la Ciudad Vieja de la Nueva y a un lado tiene el Vístula
    Aquí siempre suele haber artistas que venden tallas de madera , cuadros ...

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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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