The Potala Palace

Place of Peace and Power

Tibet’s amazing palace is a sacred place of spiritual pilgrimage and is the highest ancient palace in the world which is a tribute to Tibetan magnificent architecture.

The iconic Potala Palace is a dzong fortress and the heart of Tibetan Buddhism in the city of Lhasa, in Tibet. It was once an imperial palace, seat of government, and a monastery. Today, this World Heritage Site is a museum and a popular tourist attraction.

Originally built as a present from King Songtsan Gampo to his bride-to-be in 637 AD. The original palace was destroyed during the ninth century, and the current one was built by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, as the center of Tibetan government. The 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms and covers over 13 hectares (32 acres). It was also the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, until the Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959, Tibetan uprising.

Potala Palace is divided into two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace, and has over 1,000 rooms. The Red Palace is made up of several chapels, and mausoleums of previous Dalai Lamas. The mausoleum of the fifth Dalai Lama stands five stories high, and overlaid with gold, diamonds, pearls, and other precious gems. The White Palace was home to ten successive Dalai Lamas and their courts, with two small chapels, the Arya Lokeshvarathe statue, art, and artifacts from Tibetan history, religion and culture.

Inside the Palce are beautiful murals which tells the story of Tibet. The golden roof group on the top of the Red Palace composed of seven roofs made of gilded bronze. Every golden roof is decorated with one to five flower-and-bell-shaped spires, which serve as lightning conductor.

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LocationPalace in Lhasa
35 Beijing Middle Rd, Chengguan Qu
Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu

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