Huế Citadel - Detail

Main Entrance Gate. Roof detail from the Hòa Bình Gate of the Imperial City in Huế The last page showed something of the palaces and temples that remain in the Imperial City Go to another site. of Huế. This page adds more detail. The huge project undertaken by the Nguyễn dynasty Go to another site. at the beginning of the 19th century drew on the best craftsmen of the day, and despite the strenuous efforts of cyclones, a tropical climate, and American bombing, the workmanship is at least fascinating and often, especially where restoration lets us recapture the original, superb. Truong Lang Colonnade. The Thương Lang Colonnade Courtyard Gate. Courtyard gate in an unrestored state There is no standard English language agreement on naming the monuments,
this page follows Google Maps if they name a building.
Gate panel. A restored panel of a gateway similar to the one on the right Frog in colonnade. A frog sitting looking along the colonnade from the same position as the photographer in the picture above Doors with pathway to gate. Neat hedging along the path to a gateway also with restored panels Face on roof decoration. Elaborate roof decoration on the Tổ Miếu Temple Hien Nhom Gate. The Hiển Nhơm Gate from the inside. One of the four major gates which stand at the centre point of each of the four sides of the Imperial City Spirit screen outside the Truong Sanh Pavillion. The spirit screen of the Trường Sanh Pavillion viewed from the courtyard Moat round Imperial City. Another screen from the outside doing its job of preventing the visitor from seeing into the courtyard Wooden doors. Large wooden doors with wooden and metal security bars and bolts To Mieu Temple Gate. The gate to the Tổ Miếu Temple; with the curious addition of a prototype phone-box! To Mieu Temple and urn. The courtyard in front of the Tổ Miếu Temple with one of the bronze urns Urn outside Hien Lam Pavillion. Urn outside the Hiển Lâm Pavillion Detail of bronze urn with lightening. Panel on urn at left with dramatised lightning Detail of bronze urn with hills. Another panel showing a monastery in the hills Row of urns outside the Hien Lam Pavillion. Nine urns, one per dynasty, outside the Hiển Lâm Pavillion Photographing an urn. Visitors giving a sense of the size of the urns The Ta Vu Courtyard. The courtyard in front of the Tả Vu Pavilion Dragon Balustrade. Dragon balustrade Bronze vessel in the Ta Vu Courtyard. One of the seventeenth century bronze vessels in the Tả Vu Courtyard Plaque describing bronze vessels. Plaque with details of the bronze vessels in the Tả Vu Courtyard; noting they weigh about one and half tons each The Dien Thai Palace. Inside the restored Diện Thái Palace Ceiling of the Khon Thai Palace. The restored ceiling of the Khôn Thái Palace Facade of the Khon Thai Palace. The front of the Khôn Thái Palace Rear of the Khon Thai Palace. The rear of the Khôn Thái Palace Lion-Dragon statue. A rather splendid statue - although maybe not all that sure of itself,
a lion wanting to be a dragon when it grows up?
The next page seeks to compensate for all this opulence by taking you from emperor's palaces in Vietnam, to a remote village in Uttar Pradesh in India. Village centre. line
Saturday 17th February 2018 Murphy on duty

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