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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue

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A listed World Heritage Site, Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) (aka the Purple Forbidden City) stands as a testimony to the power and wealth of the last imperial Vietnamese dynasty. Situated on a riverbank, the complex features the remains of an imperial palace, Buddhist temples and pagodas, tombs of Nguyen Kings, courtyards, and gardens. It is encircled by a moat and two rows of fortification walls. Over the years following the demise of Vietnamese monarchy, the site was significantly ruined by cyclones and termites. However, it suffered the severest damage during the Vietnam War--look for the holes in the stone walls made by bullets and grenades. The highlights include a flag tower and 10 lavishly ornamented gates. Take a look at our Hue trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This magnificent old capital of Vietnam is very special, the ruins are truly great it is a shame that so much of it was destroyed during the fighting in 1968. The ruins give an insight to the original...  more »
  • partly destroyed first by the French, then the Americans with their bombing and then fires and termites and the terrible climate that characterizes Hué. It is considered the wettest of Viet Nam, but are working very for the restoration for you to come back to its former glory and it's not just restructuring, but real reconstruction, based on old postcards or designs who escaped the massacre of the war. The Citadel encloses within itself the Imperial City, inspired by that of Beijing, although slightly less opulent, and the Forbidden Purple City, strictly reserved for the Emperor, his concubines and eunuchs obviously guardians. After the devastating bombing in 1968 by the Americans, the city was destroyed at 70%, as the Viet Cong had placed their base just inside the forbidden city, attracting therefore bombs on this area. The imperial city was left in a State of semi abandoned for twenty years and restoration, still ongoing, began only after Unesco declared world heritage in 1992. The pavilions were are superb, in carved wood, with lacquered columns and mosaics of China. After crossing the perfume River entering the Imperial City (admission € 2.50) using the majestic Ngo Mon gate at the top of which stands the Belvedere of the five Phoenixes, where the Emperor Nguyen in 1945, "convinced" by Ho Chi Minh's Revolutionary Government, abdicated in favour of the Republic. Starts from this port the discovery of palaces, halls, pavilions, temples, pagodas, collections, streams of this wonderful residence. Special attention deserve the Palace of Supreme Harmony (Thai Hoa Palace) used for official receptions and the nine Dynastic Urns, dedicated to as many emperors, gigantic bronze vases, 2 metres tall and weighing 20 tons each, worked with absolute mastery and subtlety depicting scenes of life and Vietnamese culture. The perimeter walls is 11 square km and is protected by a ditch along which still flows the Flume.
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  • As in many countries, the history of the Viet Nam is complex; However, with a good guide, the tour becomes quickly relevant. The architecture is superb; for our part, it was our first discovery of a country in Asia and its components. The set is impressive with the Citadel, the fortifications, the forbidden city. In some places, the atmosphere is heavy because of the terrible war moments around 1968.
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