Germany to host exhibition on Vietnam's 1,000-year-old citadel

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A massive exhibition of artifacts from Hanoi's 1,000-year-old citadel will be held in Germany in 2014 and 2015, VnExpress reported Friday.

The report quoted Prof Sabine von Schorlemer, the Saxon State Minister for Science and the Arts, as saying that the exhibition Bau Vat Khao Co Hoc Viet Nam (Vietnam's Archeological Treasures) on the Thang Long citadel plays an important role in the relationship between Vietnam and Germany.

Followed by other exhibitions, the project will offer German people as well as more than 100,000 Vietnamese people living in Germany the first opportunity of its kind to learn about Vietnam's archeology, she said.

It will also help attract German tourists, especially those who are keen on discovering historical sites, to Vietnam said Dr. Stefan Leneen, director of the project.

In the meantime, Nguyen Huu Toan, deputy chief of Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told the newswire that in preparation for the exhibition the two countries organized an international seminar on Vietnamese archeology in Hanoi February 29 to March 2.

The ministry is currently joining hands with archeologists from Vietnam and Germany to choose the most valuable artifacts for the exhibition, according to the VnExpress report.

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First discovered in 2002 during excavation work to build a new national assembly building, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel is believed to be part of a citadel system built in 11th century.

Since then archeologists have unearthed many vestiges and artifacts from the Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen dynasties at the 19,000-squaremeter site. They also found many objects dating to between 7th and 9th centuries, when Chinese colonizers ruled over Vietnam.

In August last year, the Thanh Long citadel was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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