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Venus and Ancient Ruins

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Assos - Turkey

Date: 2013 June 25

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Venus shines at western horizon in the evening twilight of the Athena Temple in Assos, a village in the Aegean seaside amid ancient ruins. Also known as Behramkale, it is located in Canakkale province of Turkey, close to the westernmost point of Asia. Assos was founded about 3000 years ago. The settlers built a Doric Temple to Athena on top of the crag in 530 BC. From this temple Hermias of Atarneus, a student of Plato, ruled Assos, when the city experienced its greatest prosperity. Aristotle also lived here and opened an Academy. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see a slightly wider angle image of this scene. Tunc Tezel

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