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Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7th-16th c.
Date of Inscription: 1994,2000,2001
Location: Asia, China, Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa
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Description: The Potala Palace has been the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, and symbolizes the central role of Tibetan Buddhism within Tibet’s traditional administration. Built in the centre of Lhasa Valley on Red Mountain (at an altitude of 3,700m), the complex comprises of the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings. The Jokhang Temple Monastery, also founded in the 7th century, is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. Dalai Lama's previous summer palace-Norbulingka, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art. The architecture of these three sites is beautiful and original, with rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a remarkable landscape; all adding to the site’s historic and religious interest. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Potala Palace (Tibetan: པོ་ཏ་ལ; Wylie: Po ta la, traditional Chinese: 布達拉宮; simplified Chinese: 布达拉宫; pinyin: Bùdálā Gōng) is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, in People's Republic of China. The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after a failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace has been forcibly converted into a museum by the Chinese. It was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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