Many of the walls of Hué’s Imperial Enclosure and Forbidden Purple City bear the scars of war from decades past. There are walls devoured by mortar rounds and brick façades pock-marked by bullets.
The circa-1804 citadel in Vietnam’s once imperial city, was first destroyed in the 1947 French Indochina War, and later during Vietnam / “American” War fighting during the battle for Hué in 1968. Only 20 of the Imperial Enclosure’s original 148 buildings survived.
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