The Potala Palace at Lhasa

Inscribed :1994 Criteria: C (i) (iv) (vi)

Justification for Inscription: 
Report of the 18th Session of the Committee

Brief description:
The Potala Palace, an administrative, religious and political complex, is built on the Red Mountain in the centre of the Lhasa valley, at an altitude of 3700 metres. The complex comprises the White Palace and the Red Palace, with their ancillary buildings. The Potala, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century A.D., symbolises Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration in Tibet. The beauty and originality of its architecture, its ornate decoration and its harmonious integration in a striking landscape add to its historic and religious interest.

State of Conservation Reports: 1999, 1998

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