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Address: Hoang Tung, Hoa An, Cao Bang Xã Hoàng Tung, Huyện Hoà An, Tỉnh Cao Bằng
Na Lu citadel was built from earth by Cao Bien in Tang dynasty, the 7th Ham Phong year (864) of the 3rd Chinese domination. In 1039, the 6th Thong Thuy year during the Post-Ly dynasty of King Ly Thai Tong, the citadel was capital of the self- overned country Truong Sinh with Nung Ton Phuc as the leader. In 1527, Mac Dang Dung dethroned Le dynasty and set up Mac dynasty. Le – Mac divided into South and North dynasties and were in conflict for a half of century. In 1592, when Mac dynasty was defeated in Thang Long, they retreated to Cao Bang and chose Na Lu for settlement and established Mac dynasty. This dynasty last for three generations: Mac Kinh Cung (1594-1625); Mac Kinh Khoan (1625-1638); and Mac Kinh Vu (1638-1677). Besides building a citadel, they also organized examinations, royal rituals and established music teams.
The citadel was quadrilateral, including four roads and four gates respectively in the northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast. It is said that the southeast gate was built with beautifully-decorated vaulted bricks; the door was made of solid Nghien tree root; and the base was a large flat stone. Today, the vestiges of the gate ... View more