Potala Palace
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The Extraordinary Potala Palace
The shimmering jewel in Lhasa's crown is the Potala Palace, the massive white and ochre fortress that dominates the skyline. Today, Potala is a museum, but it once housed the Tibetan government. Its White Palace, comprising the eastern wings, was the living quarters of the Dalai Lama while the Red Palace in the center of the building served a religious function. Until the creation of 20th century skyscrapers, Potala was the world's tallest building, even soaring almost twice the height of the Gothic spires of Europe's cathedrals. From the bottom-most buildings at its base to the rooftop measures 1,000 feet. But its height isn't the only impressive number. This 17th-century palace boasts more than 1,000 rooms, 10,000 chapels, 200,000 statues, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. Join us on our Amazing China with Tibet small group tour and you’ll see the astonishing Potala Palace, one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia, firsthand. - Discovery Tours by Gate 1
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