The Grandeur of Huế Citadel

Main Entrance Gate. The imposing main entrance gate, indeed a veritable palace in its own right, of the Imperial City is called the Noon Gate (Ngọ Môn) although the founding geomancers actually aligned the palace to the River Huòng somewhat to the east of south The Nguyễn dynasty Go to another site. came to rule Vietnam at the start of the 1800s and moved Vietnam's capital to Huế. They at once set about establishing a palace, or more a park of palaces, Go to another site. on a scale to rival the old adversary China, and specifically with its Forbidden City in Beijing. Work started in 1804 and continued for three decades. The citadel comprised palaces, gardens, lakes, and temples all laid out within three sets of concentric walls. The outer walls of the Citadel measure two kilometres by two kilometres, within which lies the Imperial City Go to another site. with a wall and moat 2.5 kilometres long, and then inside that is the Forbidden City reserved for the royal family. This page concerns the grand scale of the Imperial City, and next week's more at detail. The Ngo Mon Square. The Ngọ Môn Square occupies the ground in front of the entrance pavilion, this is the view from that gate towards the flag tower which dominates the square being nearly 40 metres high. Flags are very important in Vietnam, it is noticeable how they are found... The flag tower. ...outside every house, proudly on the Citadel in Hà Nội, and with spectacular ostentation at the the country's northern apex East end of Entrance gate. The Entrance Pavilion's east end with model tourist Facade of the entrance gate. The first floor gallery of the Ngọ Môn from where the royalty could receive visitors; a place suitable for the dignity of the new dynasty Bridges and tunnels at the Ngo Mon entrance. The moat in front of the main entrance is crossed by two two bridges, after which the visitor enters the Imperial City through one of three tunnels Thai Hoa Palace from entrance gate. The view from the Ngọ Môn entrance inwards towards the first of the palaces - Thái Hoà Bridge over the Thai Dich Lake. Between the entrance gate and the Thái Hoà Palace is the Thái Dịch Lake crossed with this bridge Kim Thuy Moat. On the north side of the Imperial City lies the Kim Thủy Moat Moat round Imperial City. Around the two and a half kilometre perimeter of the Imperial City runs a moat which, together with the 4 metre high wall, was actually probably built mostly with seclusion in mind Pathway by the northern part of the moat. The moat, no longer needed for defence, is able to offer pleasant walkways Looking over the Phung Hung Bridge. The view over the Phùng Hung Bridge, which leads from the Imperial City to the outer part of the Citadel, across the moat Troung Sanh Palace. The Trường Sanh Palace with its own mini-moat Emporer's reading room. Thái Bình Lâu Pavilion by the Ngọc Dịch Lake Truong Du Pavilion. The Trường Du Pavilion, with its columns reflected in the pool (sometimes called the Lotus Pool) is reminiscent of the older and far away Chehel Sotoun Palace in Isfahan Truong Du Pavilion. The Trường Du Pavilion is attached to the Diên Thọ Palace Hoa Binh Gate. The Hòa Bình Gate sits at the centre of the north-western wall Almost exactly sixty years ago, at Tết, the Americans bombed the 160 buildings of the Imperial City and reduced them to the 10 you can now see... ...this residue seems like an endless complex of Palaces and Temples, but it represents less than 10% of the original! Hung Mieu Temple. The Hưng Miểu Temple Courtyard Taking photos outside the Hung Mieu Temple. A group of Vietnamese tourists, some women in the traditional 'long dress', relishing being captured near the Hưng Miếu Temple Garden Gazebo. A gazebo in a one time formal garden Back of the Dien Tho Palace. Rear of the Diên Thọ (Prolonged Life) Palace Khon Thai Palace. The beautifully restored Khôn Thái Palace, which shines in gold and red even on a grey day, was one of the earliest buildings, it was built for the Emperor's wife Hien Lam Pavilion. The Hiển Lâm Pavilion Hoa Binh Gate. The south side of the Hòa Bình Gate Dien Tho Palace. The Diên Thọ Palace and courtyard Truong Sanh Palace. The Trường Sanh Palace The Hien Lam Pavilion. The Hiển Lâm Pavilion The next page stays in the Imperial City and shows more of the details of workmanship - a patronage which helped develop the craftsmanship of the age. Roof detail on Hoa Binh Gate. line
Saturday 10th February 2018 Murphy on duty

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