The Southern barbican, Bardejov

The southern barbican is part of the medieval city fortifications of Bardejov. Its restoration was carried out as part of a large-scale project “Restoration of the Town Fortification and its Involvement in the Infrastructure of Bardejov”, which has been implemented in stages since 2006. The southern barbican is now a multifunctional square with a glass entrance building connecting the square and the moat. Two underground floors are equipped (in addition to a staircase and a lift) with a café, sanitary facilities, technical equipment rooms and showcases for the presentation of archaeological findings acquired during the construction work. The southern barbican – a gateway to the town in the past, is now also a gateway to the moat, which gradually becomes a lively public space.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
Appropriate connection between contemporary architecture and renewed historical area and their implementation into the spirit of the city.


Rudolf Bicek, Vladimír Kačala, Romana Mlynáriková; A-typ, architectonický atelier s.r.o.

The city of Bardejov

Dionýz Dugas, Chello photo

Year of completion

Bardejov, Slovakia

Total area
the glass entrance building: 145 m2
the whole plot: 2000 m2

Project Partners

Cukstav s.r.o., Jsk-Tech s.r.o., Plastime s.r.o., Keramika GS s.r.o., Movyrob s.r.o., Interier Tatry s.r.o., Kamenárstvo Štefan Zábojník, Vodoterm, Plastime s.r.o.

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