Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Tay Do castle South gate.JPG
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 1358
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2011 (35th Session)

Citadel of Hồ Dynasty (Vietnamese: Thành nhà Hồ; also called Tây Đô castle or Tây Giai castle) is a citadel in Vietnam, constructed by the Hồ Dynasty (1400-1407).

It is located in Tây Giai commune, Vĩnh Lộc District, in Thanh Hóa Province, in Vietnam's North Central Coast region. Its coordinates at 20°4′40″N 105°36′17″E / 20.07778°N 105.60472°E / 20.07778; 105.60472Coordinates: 20°4′40″N 105°36′17″E / 20.07778°N 105.60472°E / 20.07778; 105.60472.

Tây Đô castle is rectangular in shape. Its north-south side is 870.5 m (2,856 ft) in length and its east-west side is 883.5 m (2,899 ft) 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 (31 ft) high and 15.17 m (49.8 ft) wide.

The castle was constructed from stone blocks, each of which is 2×1×0.7 m (6.6×3.3×2.3 ft) size on average.

Except for its gates, the castle is mostly ruined.

The Citadel was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites on June 27, 2011.[1]

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