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If you visit Bardejov once, do not miss the tour of the charming city fortifications, which form a well-preserved defense system consisting of walls and bastions, dating from the second half of the 14th century. It is indeed a unique historical monument representing the most complete fortress system among the fortifications of medieval towns in Slovakia.

The whole fortification system consisted of 23 bastions. Almost 9 bastions were preserved almost in their original state, two more were later built into newer buildings. The largest of them on the southeast side of the fortification is called Thick bastion. Other fortifications are: Small bastion, Upper gate, Powder gate, Monastery bastion, School bastion, Šimon Walla gate (West), Archive (North) bastion, Renaissance bastion, Lower gate, Red (Royal) bastion and Great bastion.

What has not been preserved from the city fortifications in their original condition is the city gates. Medieval Bardejov was originally accessible through three main gates and several small gates for pedestrians.

Today, only the remnants of their outer walls are noticeable. Probably the most beautiful remains of the former massive entrance portal is the so-called The Lower Gate, which was originally equipped with a barbakan and a drawbridge leading through a moat.

Bardejov city walls have an extremely beautiful, direct or romantic atmosphere. They are perfect for wandering in a couple or in a family circle. City walls belong to the European cultural heritage fund.

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