Fort Kosocice Kraków
Kosocice Fort in Kraków
Notes regarding availability: Visiting is possible only from the outside.
ul. Osterwy, 32-020 Kraków Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Type of historical sites: Fortifications, fortresses and military facilities
It was erected in the years 1897–1899 as a small armoured fort of a semi-circular plan. It was situated on the southern slope of the ridge and faced south.
It was equipped with an observation tower and two armoured towers with 8-cm cannons model 1894, manufactured in Škoda plants. The armoured towers were supposed to protect the cannon and the crew from the enemy bombardment. Kosocice Fort was charged with a task of protecting the so-called Lemberg Route and the railway line to Przemyśl. Together with the auxiliary fort located about 200 m away and the neighbouring buildings, this fort received the main blow of the Russian attack on Kraków in December. The fort survived the Russian artillery fire practically undamaged. The Russians concentrated their attack on these positions, as they were crucial for the defence of the southeast corner of Kraków Fortress. At present, the fort – a private property – is in use but is not open to the public.