Potala Palace, Lhasa
The Potala Palace was named after the mountain abode of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. For centuries the palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Built in the 7th century and reconstructed by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century, it towers over the city of Lhasa. There are several palaces within the compound, designated by color—red, yellow and white. With thirteen levels containing over 51,000 rooms and 200,000 images, the Potala Palace is an invaluable monument of historical, cultural and spiritual significance. UNESCO World Heritage Site.