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The Florian Gate

Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

About The Florian Gate

The Florian Gate (Brama Floriańska) is a gothic tower in Krakow in Poland. Built under the orders of Prince Leszek II in approximately 1285, the Florian Gate was one of eight towers which helped form the city’s defences or ‘mury obronne’. It was the main defence of the northern part of the city and was itself protected by the Barbican gateway.

Further towers were added in the fifteenth century, but the Florian Gate is the only remaining gate from the original eight, the others having been removed in the nineteenth century ‘modernisation’ of Krakow.

In 1660, the Florian Gate was extended to include a Baroque roof, raising its height by one metre.

Today, the Florian Gate measures around 33.5 metres in height. A tour of the gate takes approximately half an hour and can be visited together with the Barbakan.