The Barbican and City Walls in Old Town of Warsaw

 

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The Barbican and City Walls
Old Town of Warsaw is ringed by sections of old defensive city walls. It is pretty big portion as for the European capital. Construction of the walls began in the first half of the 14th century. Works were continued until the mid-16th century. It is possible to walk along the walls through the special trail running between the inner and outer lines. In the outer circle of walls there is a famous monument to the Little Insurgent.


Barbican is the oldest part of fortifications. It was built in 1548 by the Venetian Giovanni Battista. It used to be an important element of defensive city walls. Its present form is a result of restoration works finished in 1954. Barbican is a round construction, reinforced with four defensive towers. Barbican is today the site of summer art gallery where artists sell their works.



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