Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel is the most remarkable mark of the great landscape and architectural site of this Vietnamese city. The citadel has three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (capital citadel), Hoang Thanh (royal citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (forbidden citadel). The Ngu Binh Mountain in the South like a front screening elevation

Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, the citadel is broadly a system of three circles of ramparts namely Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). The royal complex of Hue has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Hue Citadel

The citadel has three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (capital citadel), Hoang Thanh (royal citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (forbidden citadel). The Ngu Binh Mountain in the South like a front screening elevation. Con Hen and Con Da Vien on the Perfume River are chosen as geomancy condition “dragon on the left, tiger on the right” to protect the capital city.

Hue Citadel

There are sources claiming that the name of the city Huế comes from “Hoà” (harmony). This could be the reason for the Nguyễn dynasty to choose Huế to be their emperor city. Lying on the bench of the Perfume River (Hương Giang) and embedded between the mountains Huế still has the grandeur and the rest of the former glory, combined with a hard-to-describe atmosphere constituting somehow an emperor city. Over 100 years, from 1802 to 1945, Huế was the capital of Viet Nam and the domicile of the emperor, only thinkable together with its Citadel and the Forbidden City. A visit of Huế and the citadel is quite a must for a trip to central Viet Nam. Today the Citadel is chosen as a UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Hue Citadel

The citadel complex is built in the style of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The citadel has two walls: the Outer Wall (Ngoại Thành) and the Inner Wall (Nội Thành). The Citadel complex is surrounded by the impressive Outer Wall, which is built from 1805 to 1832, 11 km length, 6 m height, with 11 gates, 24 towers, as protection against all kinds of intruders and enemies. Inside the Outer Wall there was a city-inside-the-city, where the inner circle of the emperor and their families resided. The Outer Wall is encircled by a moat (23 m broad and 4 m deep) which is now mostly covered by water lotus. The whole expenditure however did not offer enough protection against fires (1945) and bombs during the several wars. A lot of damages are still visible.

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