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The Potala Palace is a fortress following the Dzong style of architecture and has been considered a World Heritage Site since 1994.
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Key Facts & Information
- The Potala Palace is an example of a Dzong fortress.
- A Dzong fortress is a unique type of fortress architecture that is usually found in Bhutan and Tibet.
- The style of the Dzong fortress architecture displays high exterior walls, inside of which a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and the accommodation of monks are usually found.
- The Potala Palace is named after Mount Potalaka, which is considered to be the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.
- The construction of the Potala Palace started in 1645 through the initiation of the 5th Dalai Lama.
- The Potala Palace measures 1,300 feet east-west and 1,500 feet north-south.
- The Potala Palace has 13 stories with over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and about 200,000 statues.
- The Potala Palace was built on the side of Ri Marpo, or Red Mountain, which is also located at the center of Lhasa Valley.
- The Potala Palace’s design diverts from the usual design of a fortress.
- The south base of the rock that holds the Potala Palace is a large enclosed space that has great porticos on the inner side.
- The central member of the Potala Palace is the “red palace”, named thus due to its red color, which distinguishes it from the rest.
- The south side of the Potala Palace has a lower white frontage that is used to hoist two large thangkas that are joined together to represent the figures of Tara and Sakyamuni.
- The Potala Palace is considered the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching around 12,300 feet above sea level.
- The Potala Palace is divided into two parts – the Red Palace and the White Palace.
- The Red Palace is the taller palace out of the two.
- The Red Palace is made up of several chapels and was used as a house of prayer by the Dalai Lama.
- The Red Palace is the part of the Potala Palace that is dedicated to the study of Buddhism.
- The mausoleum of the 5th Dalai Lama, who initiated the creation of the palace, is located in the western part of the Red Palace.
- The other palace is the White Palace, which served as the home to ten successive Dalai Lamas and their courts.
- The White Palace also houses the offices of the Tibetan government, the governmental assembly halls, and other official offices.
- The golden roof of the Potala Palace is a unique one.
- The golden roof is placed on top of the Red Palace, which is composed of seven roofs made of gilded bronze.
- The Potala Palace serves as the place where the Dalai Lama resides.
- A Dalai Lama is the head of the dominant Yellow Hat or Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists.
- Until 1959, the Dalai Lama was considered both the spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet.
- The 5th Dalai Lama, Ngag-dbang-rgya-mtsho, who is also known as the Great Fifth, was known to have established the supremacy of the Dge-lugs-pa sect over rival orders for the temporal rule of Tibet.
- The 5th Dalai Lama is also known to have been the reigning Dalai Lama when the Potala Palace was established.
- Around Lhasa City, no building must be built that is higher than the Potala Palace. This is to give respect to the holy site.
- The Potala Palace served as the residence of ten Dalai Lamas for over 317 years. In 1959, the Potala Palace became more like a museum after the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India.
- The Potala Palace houses eight Dalai Lama mummies.
- There are eight holy stupas inside the Potala Palace, housing the bodies of the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Dalai Lamas.
- These stupas are decorated luxuriously with gold, silver, pearls, agate, coral, and diamond decorations.
- Out of all the stupas, the stupa of the 5th Dalai Lama is the most luxurious and treasured.
- The stupa of the 5th Dalai Lama is said to be coated with more than 3,700 kilograms of gold and with more than 18,000 jewels.
- Ever year, just before the 22nd day of the 9th month of the Tibetan calendar, the walls of the Potala Palace are painted by the people.
- The paint they use for the walls is made of milk, sugar, honey, and some herbs mixed with white lime.
- In order to protect the Potala Palace, only 2,300 visitors per day are allowed.
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