Sunset over the Portola Palace - Tracy McCrackin Photography

Sunset over the Portola Palace

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Tibet was ruled by successive families from the 14th - 17th century, to be succeeded by the Dalai Lama's rule in the 17th and 18th century. Tibet would be de facto independent from the mid-14th century on, for nearly 400 years.

The Potala Palace, pictured in this image, is an immense religious and administrative complex in the city of Lhasa.  It is situated atop Mar-po-ri (Red Mountain), 425 feet (130 metres) above the Lhasa River valley, and rises up dramatically from its rocky base.  Potrang Karpo (completed 1648; White Palace) once served as the seat of the Tibetan government and the main residence of the Dalai Lama; from the mid-18th century it was used as a winter palace. Potrang Marpo (1694; Red Palace) houses several chapels, sacred statues, and the tombs of eight Dalai Lamas; it remains a major pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists.

There are more than 1,000 rooms, 200,000 statues and 10,000 altars located within the sacred complex.  Its value was recognized by China’s Cultural Relics Commission, and the palace was spared during the Cultural Revolution in China.  Add this "Sunset over the Portola Palace" image to your travel walls at home or office.  Indulge your wanderlust.