Imperial Citadel

Imperial Citadel

Hue’s Imperial Citadel was once at the very heart of Vietnam - the home of the Nguyen Emperor and the royal family from 1804 until 1945. A city within a city within a citadel, with the Forbidden City at its centre, the whole complex is still well protected by 2 kilometre by 2 kilometre ramparts and a moat. Although badly damaged during the wars with France and the US, the structure is still impressive. From what remains you’ll have no trouble imagining the grandeur that once existed here when the emperor, his family and the royal concubines wander amongst the halls, pavilions and gardens.

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Five Facts About The Imperial Citadel

It is believed that Hue’s Forbidden Purple City is based on the Forbidden City in Beijing

The Imperial City’s moat is filled with water directed from the Perfume River, using a system of sluice gates

Only eunuchs were allowed to serve within the Forbidden Purple City, to protect the emperor’s concubines

It was during the fighting between the French and the Viet Minh in 1947 and the Tet Offensive, during the Battle of Hue in 1968, that the Forbidden City was seriously damage

Hue’s monuments, including the citadel and the imperial tombs are set along the cosmological Five Cardinal Points, the Five Elements and the Five Colours

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