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The Potala Palace

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The Potala Palace

is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara.The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, a rebellion in 1959.

Lozang Gyatso, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, started the construction of the Potala Palace in 1645after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (d. 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa.It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress, called the White or Red Palace,on the site built by Songtsen Gampo in 637.Today, the Potala Palace is a museum.

 

History of Potala Palace

The site on which the Potala Palace rises is built over a palace erected by Songtsän Gampo on the Red Hill. The Potala contains two chapels on its the northwest corner that conserve parts of the original building. One is the Phakpa Lhakhang, the other the Chogyel Drupuk, a recessed cavern identified as Songtsän Gampo’s meditation cave.Lozang Gyatso, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, started the construction of the modern Potala Palace in 1645after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (d. 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa.The external structure was built in 3 years, while the interior, together with its furnishings took 45 years to complete.The Dalai Lama and his government moved into the Potrang Karpo (‘White Palace’) in 1649.[3] Construction lasted until 1694, some twelve years after his death. The Potala was used as a winter palace by the Dalai Lama from that time. The Potrang Marpo (‘Red Palace’) was added between 1690 and 1694

 

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The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
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Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet
Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet

 

The Potala palace (Lhasa – Tibet – China)

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