Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

A match for the dramatic mountains that surround it, the great Red Palace sits on top of the great White Palace, which in turn sits on top of Red Hill, 985 ft (300 m) above Lhasa. At 12,140 ft (3,700 m) above sea level, the whole rich, historic complex is also way above most of the rest of the world.

ABOVE Imposing palatial structure of Potala Palace, historic home of the Dalai Lamas, situated high up on an outcrop above the Lhasa Valley, Tibet
ABOVE Imposing palatial structure of Potala Palace, historic home of the Dalai Lamas, situated high up on an outcrop above the Lhasa Valley, Tibet

Potala Palace was the home of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959, and it is a place of immensities, with 200,000 statues, 10,000 shrines, and 1,000 rooms. The opening of the Qingzang railway from China in 2006 has brought many visitors, keen for an insight into this remote and spiritual place.

The Potala Palace is a dzong fortress in the Lhasa, Tibet. It was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959, has been a museum since then, and has been a World Heritage Site since 1994. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva AvalokiteĊ›vara. Wikipedia

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