The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is the symbol of Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet. Situated on Red Hill in northwest of the city, the Potala Palace was originally built as the residence for the marriage of Emperor Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wenchang in Tang Dynasty. The palace was destroyed twice in its history. In 1645, it was rebuilt and expanded by Dalai Lama V. The entire project took about half a century to complete. The main architecture of the Potala Palace is composed of two parts: Places used by the Dalai Lama as his living chambers and for political activities; and holy stupas of the succ...
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