|Piece of history: Stone cannon balls unearthed by a gate of the Hồ Citadel. Photo khampha.country.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – A photo exhibition showcasing objects unearthed during various excavations at ancient Hồ Citadel in the central province of Thanh Hóa has been opened at the site.
The event aims to celebrate five years since the citadel was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The objects excavated at the site had been discovered within the citadel complex, including objects found at Nam Giao Worshop Platform, the Main Palace, surrounding citadel walls, and protecting canals and gates, which have helped prove the existence of a royal citadel.
On this occasion, visitors were offered free entrance to the site on December 15 and 16.
The Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty, which is also called Tây Đô castle or Tây Giai castle, was constructed by the Hồ Dynasty (1400-1407) from stone blocks. Each of stone block measures an average of 2m by 1m by 0.7m.
It is located in Tây Giai commune, Vĩnh Lộc District, in the central province of Thanh Hóa.
The citadel is rectangular in shape. Its north-south side is 870.5m in length and its east-west side is 883.5 m in length. There are four gates: one at the south (fore gate), one at the north (back gate), one at the east (left gate), and one at the west (right gate). The southern gate is 9.5 m high and 15.17 m wide.
The castle is mostly in ruins except for the gates. — VNS