Trongsa is the cradle of the Bhutanese Monarch with a history that dates back to the 16th century and it is customary that the crown price in Bhutan must become the governor of Trongsa before succeeding the throne.
The Trongsa Dzong is a strongly built fortress and the best example that shows the rich architecture of Dzong. It is the largest fortress in Bhutan and is set in several different levels with as many as 25 temples and each of these temples is dedicated to various deities. One of the highlights of the fortress is the Ta Dzong watchtower that is erected on the east side of the fortress.
The watchtower found in the fortress, called Ta Dzong, rises over the gorge to the east of the Dzong. The tower is narrowed with two wings that make it look v shaped when you look from the central section of the building. The tower also houses a temple that is dedicated to King Gesar who is considered the warrior god.
There is also a museum within the Ta Dzong tower which was renovated as a state-of-the-art museum and dedicated to the Bhutanese Monarch. Comprising of eleven galleries, the museum is designed to be on par with the national museum in Paro. Each gallery has its own significant story that visitors can leisurely enjoy. One of the galleries showcases the rich history and the religious significance of the Trongsa Wangchuck dynasty while the other reflects the significance of the Trongsa Chhoestse Dzong. Hence each gallery covers the historically significant stories and facts related to Ta Dzong.
The artifacts and the monuments showcased in the museum on the tower are rare and priceless and some of them go back to over 300 years, including statues built in the 17th century.
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