Potala Palace
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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
Style Tibetan Buddhist
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

F. S. Chapman. Lhasa, The Holy City. London, 1940.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Potala Palace


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