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|Location||Lhasa, Tibet map|
|Date||1642 to 1650 timeline|
|Building Type||fortified palace, large house, government center, religious center, monastery|
|Construction System||bearing masonry|
|Climate||cold, high altitude|
|Context||remote mountain hill town|
|Notes||Built for the fifth Dalai Lama. Generally typical of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, though especially elaborate.|
|Discussion||Potala Palace Commentary
"Imposing externally, with skyscraper-like sloping walls, gilded roofs and bells crwoning the chortens, it has richly decorated sanctuaries, reception and state rooms."
Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p124.
Sources on Potala Palace
Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. discussion, p124, photo, p122, fC. The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
F. S. Chapman. Lhasa, The Holy City. London, 1940.
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