French influences

The red flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam flies over Ho Chi Minh City's city hall, but the architecture and statuary display French ideals. (Learn more)

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A clock and flag tower, which represented the central control and punctuality of the French colonial government, are flanked by two steep, Mansard-style tile roof towers and neo-classical statues representing French claims to artistry and high civilization.

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punctuality n.
Being on time.
Mansard adj.
A style of roof with two slopes on each of its four sides, with the lower roof being much steeper, that allows for maximum space in the attic of a building.
neoclassical adj.
Refers to revivals of Classical (ancient Greek and Roman) styles in art or architecture.

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