Potala Palace

Fortress in Lhasa, Tibet

The Potala Palace (Tibetan: ཕོ་བྲང་པོ་ཏ་ལ་) was a fortress in the city of Lhasa, in Tibet. It was used as the Dalai Lamas' winter palace from 1649 to 1959. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, Avalokiteśvara's home. The 5th Dalai Lama ordered the construction for this fortress after one of his spiritual advisors showed that the site had good potential/was good as a government building.