The walls of the citadel ~ Hue, Vietnam
Dec 02 2001

After the infamous Tet offensive of 1968 the Vietcong held Hue for 25 days, far longer than any other city or town overrun at that time. Americans and South Vietnamese troops reclaimed the city but at huge loss of civilian life and with great damage to the historic sites that abound in this one time imperial capital. Vietnam is a poor country and is slow to restore the massive damage done. What can still be clearly seen though, is the walls and moat of the old citadel. The city was first walled in 1804 and further fortified by the French at the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays the moat is used for farming. The fortified gate you can see here is barred, where there is a small squatter settlement now cluttered.

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nigel & julie snow