Four Landmarks of Hà Nội

Small pagoda on column in pool. This page has four Hà Nội landmarks. Not a selection that represents the city, for that would have to include some of the modern structures and bridges seen on other pages, but they are buildings redolent with historical connections. Two, one secular and one religious, from Hà Nội's founding years; and two, one secular and one religious, from the French occupation. Hà Nội's history is staunchly attested to by its... Reflection in pool of pagoda on column. The one legged pagoda and pool; carp attend its reflection ...chronologists, they assert that the one legged pagoda began perching in its pool in the year 1051. By then the nearby citadel had already been founded for some 40 years - there were big celebrations here in 2011. On this page the citadel is represented by its flag tower. Jumping forward over nine centuries, two signs of the colonial past. The beautiful ochre buildings which now form the foreign office, and the less handsome Catholic cathedral. Flowers in front of balustrade round pool in which is the pagoda on column. In March flowers decorate the balustrades around the pool Waterlilies on pool in front of steps leading to pagoda. Substantial steps take the visitor up to the pagoda, which by September... Paved area with no flowrs in front of balustrade, pagoda beyond. longer has its flowers. Many visitors wish to acknowledge... Woman standing at entrance praying, person kneeling on entranceway. ...the building's Buddhist past, and can be seen praying and kneeling View of side of pagoda. The pagoda is designed to remind the viewer of a pure lotus flower rising from muddy water. It has offered an easy target for attack over the years, many times having been rebuilt. Angled view of pagoda and steps. The last destruction came about when the French finally left Hà Nội in 1954. In 1955 the reconstruction followed the nineteenth century version of the building. View of pagoda and steps in pool. The present peaceful building is once more under threat! This time from its allies. Recent studies have shown how different the structure was in previous eras and there is talk of restoration to an earlier form Waterlilies in pool with surrounding balustrade. The water lilies of the pool link the visitor to the surrounding park in which the pagoda lies Steps and pagoda with pool and trees beyond. This area sits between the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum and the museum which celebrates President Hồ's life Bonsai trees formed into layers in pots. An interloper to the four landmarks. These bonsais are in the nearby botanic garden,
which lie just to the west of the one legged pagoda
Facade of large church with flagpole and railed garden in front. Crossing the centuries, a modern religious building is St Joseph's Cathedral it lies a few hundred metres west of Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Many of Hà Nội's much photographed sites... Street with church and large numbes of cable crossing view. ...suffer these webs of cabling, meaning pictures are taken from difficult or odd angles to avoid what otherwise might be regarded as an emblematic feature of modern Hà Nội Tower with flag. This flag tower sits in the citadel area of the city, a large archaeological site covering some 18 hectares (45 acres) producing vast amounts of finds from its thousand years of occupation, building and destruction. The flag tower... Tower with flag and children on grass below. ...was used by the French occupiers (hence its preservation) and dates from 1812, it stands on the outer gate of the Vietnamese version of the 'Forbidden City' just beside Điện Biên Phủ street near which the buildings below are grouped Two ochre gatehouses in front of similar coloured building wtih zebra crossing in foreground. The two gate houses to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sit at the top of Điện Biên Phủ street adjacent to Ba Đình Square. The building was constructed in the late 1920s and is a fine example of the Indochine style blending Vietnamese and French traditions. (These two huggable octagons get the Brydon nomination for the most endearing buildings in Hà Nội) Vertical jets of water forming wall behind gates, building beyond. The central entrance features this fountain wall,
while this view...
Facade of large building with gates in foreground. ...from the side, shows the facade of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
Small four pillard pavillion amongst trees. This area of ministries and embassies is wooded and calm... View out from under trees with open area and buildings beyond. ...contrasting with the hive of activity that much of Hà Nội presents to the visitor. Above Điện Biên Phủ street reaches the Ministry building... Same large building to right, trees and between them grey columned building in the distance. ...and emerges onto Ba Đình Square with the Russian Brutalist Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum, seen to the left of this picture, serving to emphasise the elegance of the colonial architecture

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Saturday 11th February 2023 Murphy on duty to this site

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