Brama Floriańska w Krakowie

( St. Florian's Gate )

St. Florian's Gate or Florian Gate (Polish: Brama Floriańska) in Kraków, Poland, is one of the best-known Polish Gothic towers, and a focal point of Kraków's Old Town. It was built about the 14th century as a rectangular Gothic tower of "wild stone", part of the city fortifications against Tatar attack.

 The original appearance of St. Florian's Gate and the Barbican (1857)

The tower, first mentioned in 1307, had been built as part of a protective rampart around Kraków after the Tatar attack of 1241 which destroyed most of the city.[1] The permit for the construction of new city defenses featuring stone watchtowers, fortified gates and a moat was issued by Prince Leszek II the Black in 1285. The gate named after St. Florian became the main entryway to the Old Town. It was connected by a long bridge to the circular barbican (Barbakan) erected of brick on the other side of the moat.[1][2] The Gate was manned by the Kraków Furriers Guild. According to records, by 1473 there were 17 towers defending the city; a century later, there were 33. At the height of its existence, the wall featured 47 watchtowers and eight gates.[1] Also, in 1565–66 a municipal arsenal was built next to St. Florian's Gate.

The Gate tower is 33.5 metres tall. The Baroque metal "helmet" that crowns the gate, constructed in 1660 and renovated in 1694, adds another metre to the height of the gate. Brama Floriańska is the only city gate, of the original eight built in the Middle Ages, that was not dismantled during the 19th-century "modernization" of Kraków. The adjoining city walls and two additional, smaller towers had been preserved and today host street displays of amateur art available for purchase.

The south face of St. Florian's Gate is adorned with an 18th-century bas-relief of St. Florian. The tower's north face bears a stone eagle that was carved in 1882 by Zygmunt Langman, based on a design by painter Jan Matejko. Inside the gate is an altar with a late-Baroque copy of a classicist painting of the Piaskowa Madonna.

^ a b c Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt (2010). Rick Steves' Snapshot Krakow, Warsaw & Gdansk. Avalon Travel. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-59880-590-1. Retrieved 10 January 2012. ^ Grzegorz Rudzinski (2008). Cracovia. Ediz. inglese. Casa Editrice Bonechi. p. 45. ISBN 978-88-476-2075-9. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
Photographies by:
sanil - CC0
Statistics: Position
Statistics: Rank

Add new comment

821694537Click/tap this sequence: 5333
Esta pregunta es para comprobar si usted es un visitante humano y prevenir envíos de spam automatizado.

Google street view

Where can you sleep near St. Florian's Gate ?
573.629 visits in total, 9.238 Points of interest, 405 Destinations, 102 visits today.