The Lhasa Archive, consisting of photographs, research and surveys and architectural drawings is meant as a resource base for the promotion and further study of Tibetan architecture, and for the preservation of Lhasa City's precious heritage. We will make more photos and drawings available on-line in the future. All the pictures featured here, and more photos, surveys and maps of the recorded sites have been compiled by our project and are available to researchers and private users. Since THF / LAP is a non-profit organization, we will only ask handling costs and, depending on the case, perhaps a contribution to one of our projects. If you download pictures and maps from here, please mention our website as source.
Technical reports about our restoration works are also available on request. We are very interested to exchange practical experiences with other restoration projects, especially involving Himalayan architecture. The precious experience made with some of Tibet's best builders, carpenters, masons and painters since the mid-1990s is there to be shared with all interested parties. We wish to thank again all the project contributors, Tibetan, Chinese, Hong Kong-Chinese, German, Portuguese, Japanese, British, French, Swedish, South-African, Norwegian, American, Czech and nomadic.
The database sheets can be viewed most easily together with the downloadable map. The 'show on map'-link helps to find the database-entries on the flash-maps. The entries were made according to the following criteria:
LCR Official Number - the official municipal registration number according to the Lhasa Municipality Cultural Relics Office.
Aufschnaiter - the key according to Peter Aufschnaiter's 1948 survey
Building colour :
Architectural details are listed mainly if they are historic, and valuable for the understanding of the development of Tibetan architecture. Modern alterations are mentioned if they are essential for the character of a site.
The fields describing History and important historic person or institution associated are kept necessarily brief here. We intend to publish sources on vernacular buildings in a separate format, but any requests or comments and discussions concerning particular sites are welcome. The fields describing History and important historic person or institution associated are kept necessarily brief here. We intend to publish sources on vernacular buildings in a separate format, but any requests or comments and discussions concerning particular sites are welcome.
Architectural survey drawings
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