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The Potala Palace Lhasa China


The Potala Palace Lhasa China


  • The construction of the present day Potala Palace began in 1645 by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. It took 3 years to complete the external structure. The interior, along with furnishings were completed in 45 years. In 1649, the Dalai Lama as well as his government shifted to White Palace of the Potala Palace.



The Potala Palace Lhasa China


  • Potala Palace is enclosed by turrets, gates and massive walls, the Red and White Palaces as well as ancillary buildings rising from Red Mountain at the height of 3,700 metres. It is a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The historical group of the Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Jokhang Temple symbolize the religious and administrative functions of theocratic government of Tibet. The originality and beauty of the architecture of 3 sites, their rich embellishment and harmonious combination in an outstanding landscape is the reason of their outstanding universal value.