Potala Palace

A Tibetan Buddhism site in Lhasa, Tibet

Map of the Palace

A diagonal shot of the Palace

Informational Stuff

A little Description

Potala Palace can be found in Lhasa, Tibet. The name is derived from Mount Potala, a mountain that's significant to Buddhist traditions. It was the main home of all the Dalai Lamas, until the fourteenth one decided to flee to Dharamsala, India after an invasion and unsuccessful uprising in 1959. Today, the palace has been turned into a museum by the resident Chinese authorities.

Who considers this place Sacred?

Potala Palace is the Holy Temple to the Tibetans.  In its native land, the palace is the center of Tibetan Buddhism.  The construction of the current palace started in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama, whose name was Lobsang Gyatso.  Gyatso was an important figure in Tibetan history.  Potala Palace was constructed with the help of 8,000+ people, artists and craftsmen.

If it'll work, here's a video clip!

Michael Palin at the Potala Palace - BBC