Built on top of a mountain, 130 metres above the city of Lhasa, the magnificent Potala Palace is the religious centre of Tibetan Buddhism and the former residence of the Dalai Lama.
Today the palace is a museum that houses dazzling golden stupas, thangkas and other impressive examples of Tibetan Buddhist art. It is built at an elevation of 3700 meter above sea level with sloping stonewalls covered in clay over 3 to 5 metres thick. Molten copper was poured into the foundations to help proof the building against earthquakes.
In 1994, the Potala Palace joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites