The pairing of the Moon and Venus, with Jupiter further up (top left), shine in the evening twilight above Pamukkale in south-western Turkey, a natural World Heritage formed by volcanic hot springs. Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a major attraction located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white natural “castle” which is in total about 2700 meters long and 160m high. As noted by the photographer “Pamukkale night sky is too much affected by tourism industry. The white rocks are all illuminated by unnecessary amounts of metal halide floodlights. It’s been said that one sister town of Pamukkale is Las Vegas. Well, I did not see any sign documenting that fact during my short stay, but now I can imagine. There are big and bright lights everywhere, pretty much like Las Vegas!”



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