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China, Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

 Posted by , last edited on October 16, 2013 at 08:47:45

Location Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Coordinates N29 39 28.512 E91 7 1.812
Property 61 ha
Date of Inscription 1994

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/707 )

The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Also founded in the 7th century, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art. The beauty and originality of the architecture of these three sites, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape, add to their historic and religious interest.

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