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Lhasa - Potala Palace

Tibet - Lhasa - Shigatse

In 641, upon marrying Princess Wencheng, Songtsen Gampo decided to build a grand palace to accommodate her and to serve as a memorial to this important event. However, the original palace was destroyed by lightening and war damage during Landama's reign.

In the 17th century under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Potala was rebuilt. The 13th Dalai Lama extended it to its present size. The monastery like palace, reclining against and capping Red Hill, was the religious and political centre of old Tibet and the winter residence of Dalai Lamas.

It is more than 117 meter in height and 360 meter in width, occupying a space of 90,000 square meter. Potala comprises both the White Palace and the Red Palace. The former is a secular building while the latter is sacred.