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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.
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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