The Hanoitimes - In order to facilitate the public`s exploration of French architecture and access to valuable archives of French works built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the State Archives (the Ministry of Home Affairs) has introduced more than 70 archival documents on these works at Pho Sach (19-12 Street) until November 5.
Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen The Hung, Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary - Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France in Vietnam, and leaders of many ministries and branches welcome the exhibition
French architecture in Vietnam is an unique architectural heritage, reflecting the intersection of both French and Vietnamese cultures. Especially, with Hanoi, these legacies contain not only cultural value, historical value, but also aesthetic value. Therefore, within the framework of this exhibition, selecting 70 copies of administrative documents, pictures and technical drawings in 6 typical French architectural works to be preserved at the National Archives Center 1, State Archives and Records Department.
These are works designed and built by French architects in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: the exhibition features 70 editions of administrative documents, photographs, technical drawings in 6 typical works of French architecture include: the City's Theater (Hanoi Opera House), Louis Finot Museum (Vietnam History Museum), Hanoi Post Office, Indochina University (General University), Dong Duong Finance House (State Bank) and Doumer Bridge (Long Bien Bridge), etc.
The documentary was exhibited at the Hanoi Opera House from October 9 to October 26, 2017. In order to facilitate the public's exploration of French architecture and access to valuable archives of these works, the Organizing Committee continued to include exhibits at the Exhibition Book of Hanoi from October 27 to November 5.
Documentary images of French architectural works in Hanoi on Book Street
The exhibition will be the starting point for cooperation activities between the State Archives Department (the Ministry of the Interior), the French Embassy in Vietnam and the National Archives of France to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in the field of archives, heritage preservation. It is expected that the exhibition will be on display in France in 2018. The organizers hope the exhibition will give the public a better view of the colonial heritage of Hanoi during the colonial period as well. Accessing to archival material is of particular value to the historical and cultural studies as well as to the heritage preservation.
For nearly a century in Vietnam, the French have built a lot of office and cultural works in the style of the West and some in combination with the style of indigenous architecture and many villas with solid features and French architecture. French architecture has become a valuable cultural, architectural and functional heritage in Hanoi as well as many other cities in Vietnam.
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