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Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty (Vietnamese: Thành nhà Hồ, Hán Nôm: 城家胡; also called Tây Đô castle or Tây Giai castle) is a 15th century stone fortress in Thanh Hóa, Vietnam. It served as the Western Capital of the Hồ Dynasty (1400-1407).
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Tây Giai, Vĩnh Lộc District, Thanh Hóa Province, North Central Coast, Vietnam|
|Criteria||Cultural: (ii), (iv)|
|Inscription||2011 (35th Session)|
|Area||155.5 ha (384 acres)|
|Buffer zone||5,078.5 ha (12,549 acres)|
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.
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