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Potala Palace

A real symbol of Tibet and one of the most gorgeous buildings in the world


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Potala Palace is one of Tibet's most impressive buildings. The palace was built by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and is the highest ancient palace in the world.

This majestic white and red building is a real symbol of Tibet and is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. It is located at the height of 3,750 m with the grey and green mountains and clear blue sky in the background. The palace towers 100 m above the city of Lhasa. The whole complex covers an area of 13 hectares and includes 13 storeys and 1,000 rooms.

The building consists of two main parts—the Red Palace and the White Palace. The Red Palace is higher and is known for its majestic golden roof. It is also home to several mausoleums of previous Dalai Lamas. Within the White Palace, you can find the Tibetan government, governmental assembly halls, and other official offices.

Potala Palace features a large number of historical artefacts and works of art. The palace is famous for its precious sculptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewellery. The number of visitors and time for an excursion at the palace is limited to protect the building complex. During the high season (June–August) the tours last one hour, while low season gives a chance to take a two-hour tour.

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