KRAKOW, POLAND – The City Defense Walls and Towers

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May 9, 2015

Krakow’s original rampart had 45 watchtowers and 8 gates. All with a moat surrounding the outside of it.  It was built  in 1241-ish.   In the 19th century  it had fallen in disrepair so most of  it was torn down.  The  moat  was then filled in, trees were planted and it was made into a park.  So now the city has a wonderful park area that surrounds the Old Town area that is 2 and 1/2 miles long for walking, biking or just sitting on a bench and enjoying nature.

Here is what remains of the towers and wall.:

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This is the Barbian  Florian Gate which stood between the moat and the tower gate – as an extra  layer of defense.  My 2nd daughter Corrine Zeller is beautifying the Barbian.   Corrine lives in Germany and  I was lucky enough to have Corrine come  join me while I was  in Krakow.  We had a great time exploring the city together.

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I climbed one of the three   towers and walked the bit of wall that remained. Built into the wall  was an extension where I discovered a chapel:

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One side of the remaining wall is now used as an art gallery for students to sell their paintings.

Bird of the day:

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In the moat-made -into-a park area I found dozens of these pretty birds. Acting like Robins,  they were pulling bugs and worms from the ground.  They are called Fieldfares, in the thrush family.

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“The early bird gets the worm. The early worm gets eaten.”

(Norman Ralph Augustine)

Thanks for reading…

Next comes the Krakow  Nativity Cribs…..

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tomek
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 06:42:45

    Very nice photos and I like your story too. For me Krakow is a special city – great places and amazing memories 🙂

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