Hue Imperial Citadel | Citadela Imperial de Hue

One of the biggest and most important sights to visit in Hue is its former imperial citadel. Built in the XIX century by the emperor Gia Long, it was the official residence of imperial family until mid-1900s when Vietname was in war.

Um dos locais maior e mais importante a visitar na cidade de Hue é a sua antiga citadela imperial. Mandada construir no século XIX pelo imperador Gia Long, foi residencia oficial da família imperial até meados do século XX, quando o Vietname entrou em guerra.

During the times imperial family lived there many constructions were made and citadel was composed by hundreds of colorful buildings, temples, palaces, many gates, and kilometers of walls. Unfortunately, during the war, the complex was occupied by Viet Cong, and althoug in the early stages of the was US troops were advice not to destroy such a wonderful patrimony in the last times some portions of Hue citadel were bombed by airplanes and now only about less than 10% of the buildings remain stand. Even thought the place is amazing and has a lot to see, so imagine than.

Durante as décadas em que a família imperial viveu aqui foram feitas várias construções e novos edifícios, sendo que no final a citadela era constituída por centenas de edifícios coloridos, templos, palácios, portas de acesso e quilómetros de muralha. Infelizmente, durante a guerra, o complexo foi ocupado pelo Viet cong, e embora numa fase inicial as tropas americanas tivessem ordens para não destruir este património incrível, nos últimos anos da guerra, grande parte da citadela de Hue foi bombardeada pela aviação e hoje em dia o que vemos é menos de 10% da construção que existia à época. Mesmo assim o espaço é incrível, e tem imenso o que ver, imaginem como seria antes.

The complex was declared UNESCO site in 1993.

O complexo foi declarado património mundial pela UNESCO em 1993.

We visited the complex early morning in the second day we spent in Hue, it was a hot but pleasent weather due to early morning and fresh air from the River. It should be nice if you can get also a guide who can explain you how day-a-day life was inside citadel, where are the areas for imperial family – purple forbidden citadel, how they live, which are the temples, and how life goes on around the city.

Nós vivitamos o complexo bem cedo na manhã do segundo dia em que estivemos em Hue. Já estava bem quente mas apesar de tudo ainda suportável, principalmente pela hora do dia mas também pela brisa ao longo do dia. Será uma boa ideia se também conseguirem um guia que vos possa explicar como era o dia-a-dia dentro da citadela, onde eram as áreas reservadas à família real – a cidade proibida púrpura, como eles viviam, onde eram os templos, como a vida corria em redor da cidade.

I liked so much the visit and I am still impressed about i the beauty of its construction. How meticulous they were about all details. about the vibrant colours of the buildings, small ornaments sculpted on walls. All of these in a open place, surrounded by gardens and water, full of peace.

Gostei imenso da visita e ainda estou impressionada com a beleza da construção. Quão meticulosos eram com os detalhes, com as cores vibrantes dos edifícios e os pequenos ornamentos esculpidos nas paredes. Tudo isto num espaço amplo, rodeado de jardins e de água, que transmite uma sensação de paz.

(+) More to see and do in Hue

(+) Mais para ver e fazer em Hue

 

5 Comments

  1. Heather

    March 24, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I spend a summer travelling around Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand last year but didn’t make it to Hue do to timing. You have inspired me to go back as I feel I have really missed out by skipping Hue! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Valentini

    March 24, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Interesting post, nice photos and details! Looks like you had a great time and I can understand why! Thanks for sharing!

  3. La_Fede

    March 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Your stories are enriched by these beautiful photos that make the idea

  4. Vesna

    March 25, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This is very interesting. There is something special in this kind of places. Worth to be visited, thank you for sharing

  5. Unta

    March 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I’m hoping to visit SE Asia soon again, last time I skipped Vietnam. This building complex looks stunning, really like your photos.

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