The stone-and-wood- complex structured Potala Palace consists of 2 main parts with their ancillary buildings: the Red palace as the center and the White palace as two wings. Potala Palace has 999 rooms. The White Palace or Potrang Karpo comprising halls, temples and courtyards, once served the residence of the various generations of the Dalai Lama and a place for keeping the remains of successive Dalai Lama; handling political, religious affairs and making up the living quarters of Dalai Lama. Its wall was painted to white to convey peace, calmness, togetherness and quiet. The Red Palace or Potrang Marpo its main building has 13 storys with 117 meters in height, and an area of 410,000 square meters. It includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and is completely devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer. The Red Palace chambers houses the eight holy stupa that contain the remains thirteenth Dalai Lama. Among the first and the most magnificent stupa belonging to the 5th Dalai Lama is the biggest. It is 14.85 meters tall and inlaid with pearl, jade and the gold used to overlay this stupa. It was painted to red to represent stateliness, signifies power and dignity.
3-The walls of the Red Palace.
4-The Red Palace.
5-View of the Potala from the side.
6- Potala Palace.
8-The White Palace.
9-View of the Potala from the side.
10-A Dhvaja on the roof.
11-The rooftop of the Potala.
12-The former quarters of the Dalai Lama.
The figure in the throne represents Tenzin Gyatso, the incumbent Dalai Lama;
13-Looking up at the Potala. 1993.
14-View of the Potala from the side.
15-View of the Potala from the side
Photograph by zwz64 on Flickr.
16-View of the Potala from the side.
17-View of the Potala from the side
Photograph by Kat wishes on Flickr.
18-Photograph by Cindy (calyu on Flickr).
19-Photograph by Jo (embojo on Flickr).
20-Photograph by reurinkjan on Flickr.
21-Photograph by Eddy Tse on Flickr.
22-Photograph by Melissa Stirling (Lissy shots on Flickr).
23-Photograph by æœ€å¥½çš„èœ—ç‰› on Flickr
24-Photograph by Hawkeye in Toronto on Flickr.
Potala Palace is known for its art treasure of Tibet , huge buildings, peaceful atmosphere and numerous works of art. It is now a museum and in 1994, the palace was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace, well worth visiting for its beauty, originality of the architecture, historic and cultural value, religious interest, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape has been regarded as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet. Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9 , 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.