Hue in vietnam, Vietnam explorer: Hue Imperial city is ancient citadel of Vietnam

Hue Imperial city is ancient citadel of Vietnam

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The  Hue Imperial City is a walled fortress and palace in the former capital of Vietnam.
The grounds of the Imperial City are surrounded by 2 kilometer wall . The wall is surrounded by a moat. The water from the moat is taken from the Huong River (Perfume River) that flows through Hue. city. This structure is called the citadel. Inside the citadel is the Imperial City with a perimeter of almost 2.5 kilometers. Inside the Imperial City is  the imperial  enclosure which is  called the Purple Forbidden City in Vietnamese. The enclosure was reserved for the Nguyen imperial family. The last Emperor of Vietnam stepped down in the mid 20th century. The Purple Forbidden City had acquired many dozens of pavilions and hundreds of rooms. Although improperly maintained (the city suffered from frequent termite and typhoon damage) ,it  remained an imposing spectacle. All of that changed in 1968.  American military forced in Vietnam, they reacted to the communist takeover of Hue and  ordered the city retaken. American bombs blasted the majority of the city into rubble, sparing only a handful of buildings. During the past few years, most of the destroyed buildings have already been reconstructed by the cooperation of the Vietnamese government, UNESCO, and other organizations. 


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