Fascinating. This is how I define the Potala Palace in China, an impressive palace not only for its appearance but also for the environment in which it is located. To the west of Lhasa, it is one of the most famous palaces in the world, as well as being the oldest and the highest above sea level (3,700 meters). It was built during the Tang dynasty in the 7th century BC and is a World Heritage Site.
Is a sacred place for many Tibetans and it was a gift from King Songtsam Gampo to his girlfriend. It is 13 stories high, covers about 130,000 square meters and has more than 1,000 rooms. Inside there are many artifacts and items that are very important within Tibetan history, in addition to others with great religious and cultural importance in the area.
This palace is divided into two smaller palaces, which are the White Palace and the Red Palace. The latter is the taller of the two and has several chapels, a house of prayer for use by the Dalai Lama, and other rooms dedicated to religion and the study of Buddhism. There are also several buddha statues.
There are also mausoleums from the previous ones Dalai Lama, all of them of great beauty, such as that of the fifth Dalai, which is 5 stories high and is decorated with diamonds, pearls and other great jewels, as it was one of the most beloved Dalai.
In the White Palace It is where the Dalai Lama currently lives accompanied by his students and students. There are also government offices there. It is not the palace that was originally built since it was destroyed during the 9th century, and the fifth Dalai Lama ordered its reconstruction.
See Potala Palace, the Iconic Heart of Tibetan Buddhism | National Geographic (January 2021)