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Potala Palace
Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Potala Palace 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.

Thirteen stories of buildings containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues, soar 117 metres (384 ft) on top of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", rising more than 300 m (about 1,000 ft) in total above the valley floor.
It measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m. thick, and 5 m. (more than 16 ft) thick at the base, and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes.

"The Potala gives the impression not of having been built by man but have grown there, so perfectly does it fit in with its surroundings.
It has the pleasing lack of symmetry of a great tree or mountain, yet this apparent aimlessness is focused, first by the red central block and then by the golden pavilions on the roof, so that the eye is naturally led from the less important to the essential, both visually and spiritually; for in so much as the gilded roofs over the mortal remains of the Dalai Lamas are the dominant figure of the architecture, so is the incarnate spirit of these rulers the very soul of Tibet."

For a more information about Potala Palace see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potala_Palace) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
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This information was correct in November 2007. E. & O.E.

I was looking forward to visit the Potala, I was mesmerised with it the first time I have seen it and read about it.
The more I have read, the more fascinated I became with it.
Iwas anxiously waiting for the time to go up and visit the Potala.
I was also terrified the day before, because I smoke, my age, the altitude and the height of the Potala, but mainly because of the warnings.

You will never guess, the next morning the bus taken us nearly to the top of it, from behind.

We could not see the road up to it, behind the buildings and I have never seen anything ever mentioning it before the rear entrance.
I was expecting to climb up all those steps visible on the front.
Amazing place, amazing sights.

We really enjoyed ourselves.


An unforgettable experience.

We've have had a terrific time!!

P.S. If Lhasa wasn't the epitome of the tourist must see list, surely the Potala must be, for me it wass anyway.

King Songtsen Gampo built his palace in the 7th century on top of the 130 m 'Red Hill' in the centre of Lhasa.
In 1645 work started on the 'White Palace', (Potrang Karpo) and the 5th Dalai Lama moved his seat from Dreprung Monastery there in 1649.
The 5th Dalai Lama died in 1682, but it was kept a secret until in 1694, the 'Red Place' was completed, but there are differing stories about that.
The Potala has been a self contained with cells, schools for monks and tombs of all Dalai Lamas and the Tibetan Government until the late 18th century, when the Summer Palace at Norbulingka was finished.
It was renovated early in the 20th century, and later suffered some damage during Mao Zetung's Cultural Revolution in 1959.
The Potala is a massive, awe-inspiring place to visit. (From here & there. Author)

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