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Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Also founded in the 7th century, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art. The beauty and originality of the architecture of these three sites, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape, add to their historic and religious interest.

This photo, for me, expresses the deep devotion of the Tibetan believers, who make their way on foot through rugged terrain to the Potala Palace.

Each Tibetan pilgrim grasps a hand-held prayer wheel, swinging and spinning them they pace slowly around the monastery.

Rows of large prayer wheels are located near the monastery. I waited to capture this Tibetan turning the wheel.

Using this high-angle perspective enabled me to capture a group of Tibetan pilgrims sliding their hands over each prayer wheel while chanting sacred mantra.

The sacred golden pylon on top of the monastery is a dazzling sight.

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Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
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