Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 10/22/2007


Photo taken on August 14, 2007



See also...

400-500 views 400-500 views


Bouddhisme / Bouddhism Bouddhisme / Bouddhism


Global Culture Community Global Culture Community


750 views 750 views


400 views 400 views


wetter wetter


300-400 Views 300-400 Views


200-300 Views 200-300 Views


100-200 Views 100-200 Views


50-100 Views 50-100 Views


houses houses


Mainstream Art Mainstream Art


500+ Visits (500-1000000) 500+ Visits (500-1000000)


3+ Faves 3+ Faves


Free Tibet Free Tibet


Grup on Buddhism Grup on Buddhism


Time and Memory of Empire Time and Memory of Empire


MONUMENT MONUMENT


Tibet and its culture Tibet and its culture


Nikon Asia Nikon Asia


Nikon D200 Nikon D200


Nikon Nikon


Travel Photo Forum Travel Photo Forum


Travel Photography Travel Photography


See more...

Keywords

tibet
china
buddhism
lhasa
potala
potala palace


Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved

975 visits

Lhasa and the Potala

Lhasa and the Potala
The Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky hill tell of a sacred cave, considered to be the dwelling place of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara), that was used as a meditation retreat by Emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century AD. In 637 Songtsen Gampo built a palace on the hill. This structure stood until the seventeenth century, when it was incorporated into the foundations of the greater buildings still standing today. Construction of the present palace began in 1645 during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama and by 1648 the Potrang Karpo, or White Palace, was completed. The Potrang Marpo, or Red Palace, was added between 1690 and 1694; its construction required the labors of more than 7000 workers and 1500 artists and craftsman. In 1922 the 13th Dalai Lama renovated many chapels and assembly halls in the White Palace and added two stories to the Red Palace. The Potala Palace was only slightly damaged during the Tibetan uprising against the invading Chinese in 1959. Unlike most other Tibetan religious structures, it was not sacked by the Red Guards during the 1960s and 1970s, apparently through the personal intervention of Chou En Lai. As a result, all the chapels and their artifacts are very well preserved.

Sam, Kim Ong, grey_hound_49 have particularly liked this photo


Comments