|Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty. Ravaged by war, monsoons and vegetation, the palaces, mausoleums and pagodas built in the early 19th century were the subject of an international safeguarding campaign launched in 1981.The commemorative medal was minted in 1983 from a design by the Vietnamese artist Diem Phung Thi and an engraving by H. Thiebaud. The obverse shows the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda, built in the mid-19th century and one of the most venerated sites in Hué. The reverse carries a calligraphic and architectural symbol. The complex of Hué monuments was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993.
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Photo © UNESCO/N. Burke