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Der Potala-Palast (nach Potala, dem reinen Land des Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara benannt) in Lhasa war während der Zeit der zentraltibetischen Regierung Ganden Phodrang (tib.: dga' ldan pho brang; regierte von 1642 bis 1959) offizielle Residenz und Regierungssitz der Dalai Lamas. Der riesige Palast liegt auf dem Berg „Mar-po-ri“ (tib.: dmar po ri; „Roter Berg“), der sich 130 Meter über Lhasa, der Hauptstadt des autonomen tibetischen Gebietes, erhebt.

Der erste Palastbau wurde im Jahr 637 von Songtsen Gampo für seine Frau Wen Cheng auf dem „Roten Berg“ in Lhasa angelegt.[1] Der Palast wurde 641 fertiggestellt.

D'après diapositive.

Tibet ( 1986 )

The path leading to the park and and the Potala Palace - Tibet

It's nonsense, but this building in the small village of Casares reminded me of the great palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Set off against a backdrop of snowy peaks, the ramparts of the mighty Potala Palace rise above the city of Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

 

This was in 1986, in the first years that independent travellers were granted permission to visit. Before that, one had to be part of an organised group, and I think it's reverted to that situation today.

 

Back then, we were able to ride local trucks to reach the outlying monasteries, but it was hard going.

 

Nikon F. Kodachrome scan.

Lhasa, September 1986. © David Hill.

Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet

by xpan 30/5.6, Jun 2015. The Potala Palace (Tibetan: ཕོ་བྲང་པོ་ཏ་ལ་, Wylie: pho brang Potala) in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.

 

The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (died 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.

 

The building measures 400 metres (1,300 ft) east-west and 350 metres (1,150 ft) north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 metres (9.8 ft) thick, and 5 metres (16 ft) thick at the base, and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. Thirteen storeys 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 metres (980 ft) in total above the valley floor.

 

Potala Palace - Tibet

The surrounding monasteries surrounded the Potala Palace -布达拉宫、拉萨、西藏

Night shot of the Potala Palace from the rooftop of the Yak hotel. Lhasa, Tibet

June 24, 2017 - A view of the Potala Palace from Papunkgka Monastery. "The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m"

  

Previous text from the UNESCO website:

 

whc.unesco.org/en/list/707

Lhasa, Tibet.

The dark clouds help to strengthen the contrast with the white-colored Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3650m (just under 12000ft). But the Potala Palace is at 3700m and the top floor is above 3760m, so the air is noticeably thinner at the top. The height of the palace is 117m (384ft), and the way to the top level involves climbing about 400 steps. A good workout in the thin air!

 

There's a famous photo of Potala Palace, which was the first photo published in National Geographic. It was taken during daytime from slightly east of this spot. www.natgeocreative.com/photography/616702

The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

 

The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on the Red Mountain in the centre of the Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700 meters above sea level. It covers an area of over 360,000 square meters, measuring 360 meters from east to west and 270 meters from south to north. The palace has 13 stories, and is 117 meters high.

 

In year 641 Songtsan Gambo, ruler of the Tubo Kingdom, had the Potala Palace built for Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. This first palace was later burned to the ground during a war and was rebuilt in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Repeated repairs and expansions finally brought the palace to its present structure.

 

Today the Potala Palace is a museum and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Many thanks for your visits / comments / favs!

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The word awesome is so often misused nowadays but I did find this vast building utterly awesome !! It did indeed take my breath away , both in viewing & then climbing the many stairs .A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lhasa , Tibet ,it took around 50 years to construct ,starting in 1645 .This was the main residence of the current Dalai Lama until 1959 when he fled to India as the Chinese military took occupation of Tibet .

 

Click on image to enlarge . Click on the blue link to learn more & see some wonderful images .

Located in Lhasa, Tibet, Potala Palace is supposed to be the home of the Dalai Lama.

 

The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. It was named after Mount Potala, the 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, after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace has been converted into a museum by the Chinese.

The building measures 400 meters east-west and 350 meters 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. Thirteen stories of buildings – containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues – soar 117 meters (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. Tradition has it that the three main hills of Lhasa represent the "Three Protectors of Tibet." Chokpori药王山, just to the south of the Potala, is the soul-mountain (bla-ri) of Vajrapani金刚手菩萨, Pongwari that of Manjushri文殊菩萨, and Marpori, the hill on which the Potala stands, represents Chenresig or Avalokiteshvara.

 

The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. It was named after Mount Potala, the 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, after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace has been converted into a museum by the Chinese.

The building measures 400 meters east-west and 350 meters 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. Thirteen stories of buildings – containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues – soar 117 meters (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. Tradition has it that the three main hills of Lhasa represent the "Three Protectors of Tibet." Chokpori药王山, just to the south of the Potala, is the soul-mountain (bla-ri) of Vajrapani金刚手菩萨, Pongwari that of Manjushri文殊菩萨, and Marpori, the hill on which the Potala stands, represents Chenresig or Avalokiteshvara.

 

On the steps of the Potala Palace, a monk was checking his email.

Lhasa, Tibet

Dragon king pool on the back of the potala palace.

摄于布达拉宫背面的龙皇潭

The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Also founded in the 7th century, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art. The beauty and originality of the architecture of these three sites, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape, add to their historic and religious interest.

 

Potala Palace, Lhasa, China

May 27, 2014

 

UNESCO World Heritage Site # 707

Year of Inscription: 1994

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It has been always my wish to come see Potala Palace long time ago. When I saw the videos and pictures online, I always imagine myself being there. That is why last year was a huge milestone for me as I finally arrived there.

 

Traveling to Lhasa was really tough but after seeing this beauty, it was all worth all the effort. Because so many people were around that area to wait for the Potala Palace to light up so everyone was trying to find a good spot. Good thing was that me and another photographer came early and got the spot we liked :) Although the clouds were a bit too thick, the final result was still pretty good....

 

Location: Potala Palace, China

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