In the autonomous region of Tibet is Lhasa, where visitors can find some amazing historical sites. The most well-known and less significant is the Potala Palace. Buddhist palace is huge, and is one of the most iconic places in Tibet. No visit to this place is complete without visiting at least one of the 1,000 rooms and rooms that make up the Potala Palace.
Around the 7th century king Songtsen Gampo built a palace on the spot where now stands the Potala Palace. At the beginning of the fortress was erected here to two foreign royal wife lived. Only in the 17th century, the Dalai Lama began construction of a large fortress and the palace, which now dominate the mountain. It is said that the alleged construction took 50 years, which is not surprising, given the scale of the palace and the incredible strength of the fortress walls that still stand today.
Detail of the Potala Palace, Tibet
Initially, the Potala Palace was used all year round, and as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama throughout history. Potala Palace remained the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama, who fled to India after the Chinese invasion in 1959. Later, he was the center of the Tibetan administration and the government and acted as a kind of autonomous region of China’s capital. Today, Potala Palace is a museum.
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is sometimes referred to as the 2nd Mountain Putuo, because it is believed that the deities reside in the palace, and bless those who visit it. It is important to understand the role played by the mountains and the altitude in Tibet. There are three main mountains that surround Lhasa, and together they are known as protectors of Tibet. Located high above sea level, the Potala – the highest palace in the world, but it also means its proximity to divinity.
Inside the Potala Palace.
The size and scope of the Potala symbolic, is the number 13, and 1000 are repeated often enough. According to the number of rooms and individual rooms the palace should be considered as two different palace: the Red Palace and the White Palace.
Red Palace is the center of the fortress, and it is the highest part of the palace, as well as a religious center, where prayers are held. Inside the Red Palace, you can still see the remains of the original remains of the Holy Temple of the 7th century and the Dharma cave.
Although the Red Palace is considered to be more significant in terms of religion, the White Palace is no less interesting. White Palace, Red Palace surrounds, creating two wings that are clearly visible on the walls of the fortress. Here you can find the former living quarters of the Dalai Lama, as well as administrative offices and residences.
As long as the Dalai Lama to live in the present, in the Potala Palace, there are a number of Buddhist artifacts and treasures are still located in its territory. The museum of the palace presented gold products, the ancient Buddhist scriptures handwritten, Chinese antiques, and a variety of gifts presented to the Dalai lamas, officials, Chinese emperors and religious leaders. Sculptures depicting the snow lions, also guarded entrances and exits to the palace, adding to the beauty of the impressive architecture of the fortress.