Gyantse Dzong Fortress

Gyantse Dzong Fortress Shigatse Tibet
As the fortress of the city for more than six centuries, the Gyantse Dzong was intended for the defense against the Nepalese and Indian invasions. It had a glorious past before being destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. Despite this, it still remains the best preserved fortress in Tibet.

The Gyantse Fortress takes its name from Mount on which it is located, the Mount Dzongri. It was built here in 1365 to replace the Yarlung kings castle. Serving as a fortress, the Dzong could prevent invasions from ddNepal or India. The city was even nicknamed the heroic city after 500 soldiers settled in the Dzong held head of the British army from India for several days.

Despite its glorious past for several centuries, the fortress was destroyed due to the Red Guards. Many objects of great value were destroyed, and the ruins are witness the greatness of the site. Buildings we see today are in fact restorations of old buildings. We can see a little castle with its Buddhist frescoes, a small Buddhist temple and a room converted into a museum.

 

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