One more (and the last one) picture from my trip on 2006 to China. This time the closer view of the Potala Palace. It was quite difficult to buy the tickets there for an individual tourists. I had to join the queue and to come several times during the tree days, but finally I succeeded and I was proud of it. Finally we could go up these imposing stairs you see on the left side.
High on Moburi ('Red Hill'), in central Lhasa, stands the world famous Potala Palace. It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.
This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters above sea level, towering 100 meters above the city of Lhasa. This 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms. The stone walls measure 3 meters (10 feet) thick on average.
The Potala Palace has stood for centuries as a testament to the Tibetan people and their beliefs. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world come every year to pay homage to this grand estate and the symbol it stands for.
The general structure of the Potala Palace is in two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The beautiful murals inside the palace are not only attractive, but also tell the story of Tibet. The golden roof group on the top of the Red Palace is worth seeing.
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jusninasirun (17527) 2017-03-14 1:36
You have closed to this wonderful capture brilliantly exposing the details and structure of the facade. Fine contrast in pleasing colors. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Fis2 (107346) 2017-03-14 1:46
Bardzo ciekawa budowla.
Spacer tymi schodami napewno zostal w pamieci.
Ladny kadr i kolorystyka.
Gdzie to sie wybierasz?
snunney (107401) 2017-03-14 2:23
Excellent upward point of view emphasises the size and extent of this magnificent palace. Ideally exposed with excellent colours and clarity. Fine rendering of all that lovely textural detail. Will you not be showing us a least one picture from the inside?
holmertz (59740) 2017-03-14 3:07
I often feel so glad I made most of my journeys long ago, before the great rush of tourists, and in this case maybe before the very strict and rigid Chinese control. 20 years before you I could just walk straight up the stairs and into the palace without waiting, and I don't think there were any rules about photography. This is the classic, free angle but it is nice enough. The Potala is probably the most impressive building I have ever seen, and to see it with my own eyes was a childhood dream come true.
mayjayne (7016) 2017-03-14 3:24
Impressive palace; I like how you have managed to capture as much as you can shooting upwards. I would love to visit Lhasa one day, though I read so much about the restrictions etc.
papagolf21 (110262) 2017-03-14 3:54
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Les voyages ne vous font pas peur, tant mieux, car vous savez partager vos belles images avec leur particularité.
Ici, encore, le spectacle est plus qu'étonnant;
Un grand merci.
npecanhuk (78901) 2017-03-14 4:01
Sharpness, exposure, colors and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Royaldevon (43865) 2017-03-14 4:30
I love your perseverance, that you returned three times to get a ticket. I thought the difficulty would be the language!
It was worth all your efforts! This is an amazing palace, seemingly built on the edge of a cliff! I would imagine that the upwards viewpoint was much more interesting and informative, regarding the palace, than the downwards one would have been. You have captured some amazing details of the situation, the styles and the dominance!
My warm regards,
Sergiom (89205) 2017-03-14 6:39
Les images qui viennent du Tibet sont assez rare dans ces pages, mais les belles comme celle-ci sont encore plus rare. Quelle belle contre plongée et quelle belle luminosité.
batalay (40521) 2017-03-14 8:12
Absolutely magnificent view, Malgorzata, evocative of one of Silvio's images from Italy where the artisans can build on vertical walls.
Yesterday you critiqued the photo "Unfortunate King Sebastian" that I had just posted. If you are as curious about the statue's destruction click on the following newspaper account to find the answer: Daily Mail 25 November 2016. It will make you as angry as it has made me.
dta (82914) 2017-03-14 8:23
Hello Malgorzata ,
Impressive effect of the low POV , and interesting close up of the amazing Palace .
Noel_Byrne (33714) 2017-03-14 8:56
I've admired this place from afar for a long time, so a really nice surprise to find your exquisite photo here today. I've never seen this angle, I love it. Interesting that is listed Under China as geographical location too
dkmurphys (65112) 2017-03-14 8:57
Very nice capture of this impressive structure. Unique style of architecture, very well defined in your POV. Good work!
rychem (43282) 2017-03-14 9:05
Niesamowita budowla, architektura nie z tej ziemi, swietnie ja pokazalas w ciasnym kadrze i nic nie rozprasza widza, piekne zdjecie
ktanska (29421) 2017-03-14 11:25
I think I've seen this angle somewhere, but probably not in TE. Lhasa seems to be a rarely visited city for Westerners.
This palace is very impressive with so many different levels on top of each other on a high hill. Sidelight is excellent.
lousat (98221) 2017-03-14 15:30
Hi Malgo,fantastic capture of the Potala Palace! What a architechture unique,so nice,so rich and so well preserved,the imposing perspective is a winner and the sharpness is the best too,you were a great photographer 11 years ago....ehehe...i don't know why but this palace make me think to a renovated Yemen houses in the future,but not for now in this difficult moment for this country. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (55660) 2017-03-14 16:09
sei tornata indietro nel tempo con una splendida foto.
Con questo taglio hai esaltato le architetture che si innalzano verso il cielo l'una sull'altra.
Un luogo incredibile.
ikeharel (79099) 2017-03-15 1:56
An imposing palace of Lhasa, wonderfully shown in an upwards POV, Malgo.
This is the icon of Tibet, I remember seeing postcards and pictures years ago - but could not imagine how an impressive this monumental edifice is.
Light was at your favor, which marvelously you taken its advantage of.
My best regards,
Cricri (126666) 2017-03-15 11:17
Tout bon gros plan du Palace, intéressante architecture, contraste des couleurs , le tout sous une très belle lumière
alvaraalto (20538) 2017-03-16 3:39
Fascinating picture with all the horizontal and vertical lines of the building and that one huge round building with the shape of a flower-pot in between.
Excellent and attractive bottom-up POV.
Have a nice day
PiotrF (23132) 2017-03-16 16:41
Podoba mi sie ta chinska seria z archiwum.
Ciekawe miejsca, ciekawe historie... w miare mozliwosci prosze kontynuuj.
ricardomattos (8327) 2017-03-16 17:16
Um sonho prá qualquer fotógrafo aqui. Uma excelente composição e enquadramento deste imponente palácio. Valeu todo o esforço e perseverança para conseguir esta beleza de imagem.
BennyV (20655) 2017-03-17 1:26
Great to capture it from this pov, looking up it seems even more impressive and we can discover all those little corners and windows and stairs.
PaulVDV (32665) 2017-03-19 1:15
Somehow I missed your Tibet series ...
This is like an ultimate dream for me. But travel conditions for Tibet are again very strict.
You present us the Potala Palace from a bit of an unusual angle. The palace doesn't only look beautiful but oh so impressive!
Best regards, Paul
mcmtanyel (29608) 2017-04-02 20:18
If I haven't said it earlier, let me say it now: I am so glad you came across these old photos, they are lovely. This definitely looks exotic and out of a dream world, scenery one would get in movies. Very nicely done, TFS!