Potala palace, one of the most photogenic buildings in the world, is located in Lhasa, Tibet, China.
The current structure was constructed between 1645 and 1690 CE. An earlier fortress built in 637 CE by Songtsen Gampo was on the same hill.
The building is mammoth, measuring 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls. Thirteen storeys of buildings contain over 1,000 rooms, numerous shrines and statues.
The nine storey Leh Palace in Leh, Ladakh, India, built by King Sengge Namgyal (1570 -1642 CE) is said to be the inspiration for building Potala Palace.
A magnificent structure!
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