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Royal antiques displayed to celebrate capital Liberation Day

Update: October, 02/2014 - 14:39
Pieces of tiles in the shape of dragons from the Ly dynasty will be on display at the Thang Long Citadel Heritage site. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Objects unearthed in excavations at the Thang Long Citadel Heritage site in downtown Ha Noi since 2010 are being displayed to celebrate the capital's Liberation Day, which falls on October 10.

Among the objects are baked clay sculptures of dragons dating to the Tran dynasty (1225-1440); a royal seal made under the reign of King Tran Thai Tong (1257), which was used to stamp administration documents; and a royal belt, called Can Tam Khi, used from the 13th to 14th century.

These three objects will soon be nominated by the Thang Long – Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Centre to the State for recognition as national treasures.

Also on display will be stone dragon staircases from the Ly dynasty from the 11th to 12th century and ornamental dragon wood sculptures of the Tran dynasty from the 13th to 14th century.

Beside antiques, some 200 photos and documents about the excavation at the citadel site will be on display.

Additionally, an exhibition of historic objects and documents is open at Hoa Lo Jail featuring what was once the largest jail in Indochina, which imprisoned many generations of revolutionary soldiers between 1896 and 1954.

Audiences will have the chance to learn of the contributions made by political prisoners kept at the jail to the city's liberation from French invaders on October 10, 1954, as well as to the city's later development.

The exhibition will continue at the site until October 10. — VNS

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