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Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

February 18, 2018 4:35 pm

A fire has hit the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism – the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa.

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda. No casualties were reported.

Chinese state media said the blaze started on Saturday evening and was soon put out.

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The extent of damage to the sprawling compound is unclear. State media said there was no damage to cultural relics.

Tibet, the remote and mainly Buddhist territory known as the “roof of the world”, is governed as an autonomous region of China.

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The Jokhang monastery is more than 1,000 years old and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Streets near the monastery reopened to pilgrims on Sunday morning, state media said.

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