Friday Photo: The Walls of Krakow

Today’s Friday Photo is of the mediaeval bastion of Krakow, with Florian’s gate behind. The city had been an inhabited site since prehistoric times, and by the 10th century was noted for its commercial enterprises. Throughout its mediaeval life, the city was ringed by powerful defences, but those which survive today all date from after 1241, when Mongol attack devastated Krakow. When the city’s fortifications reached their peak, the tower above St Florian’s was one of almost 50 that girded this town by the river.

5 thoughts on “Friday Photo: The Walls of Krakow

  1. This style of Krakow architecture always seems to me like an uncanny amalgam of medieval Romania and Hanseatic Talinn, but I know that can’t be so. There are features that make me think it, though. Really interesting photo and enough text to make me want to learn more.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I too was very intrigued by Krakow, but am not enough of an expert on eastern Europe to tell you if your architectural theories are correct. Maybe I’ll have to do some research as a summer project🙂

  2. Reblogged this on The Templar Knight and commented:
    This picture of Krakow in Poland is very interesting – because as the blogger rightly notes, the Mongol hordes tore through this city in the thirteenth century. The Templars joined battle with this terrifiying eastern army in central Europe and came off very badly. It’s hard to believe that an empire originating in far off Mongolia ruled everything from eastern Europe to China at one stage – a remarkable achievement.

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