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. [What's the Dalai Lama up to while holy Jokhang burns in Lhasa? He must be deep in meditation and prayer.]
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Tibet, the remote and mainly Buddhist territory known as the "roof of the world," is governed as an autonomous region of China.
|Massive fire at Jokhang Monastery, in Tibet's capital Lhasa (Robert Barnett/Twitter)|
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Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser told AFP she was "very worried" about the state of the monastery.
|Jokhang Monastery, Tibet's capital Lhasa (now China), 2016 (AFP/Getty Images)|
The fire comes as Tibetans celebrate Losar, their traditional new year, which began on Friday.
Tibet has had a tumultuous history, during which it has spent some periods functioning as an independent entity and others ruled by powerful Chinese and Mongolian dynasties.
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Fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet’s holiest temple
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How was it started, how long did it continue, how much damage did it cause? [All of these unanswered questions] underscore the Chinese government's vice-like grip on information in Tibet, a minority [autonomous] region that has historically chafed against Beijing's rule. More