A temple in an ancient capital

 

I visited this temple in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. It was built and dedication to the first emperor warlord.

In a time plagued with war, the location was strategically chosen as the capital, in the 10th and 11th centuries, because it is surrounded and protected by limestone mountains.

While I was meandering the temple grounds, between its storied stone walls, I imagined the lives of its dwellers back in the period of its full magnificence. The grandeur, and the tribulations.

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