The Perseid meteor shower attracted hundreds of stargazers to watch among ancient statues atop Mount Nemrut in Turkey.
Stargazers watch meteors at ancient Turkish site
Stargazers gathered to watch the Perseid meteor shower among ancient statues atop Mount Nemrut in southeastern Turkey.
Perched at an altitude of 2150m, the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself.
Hundreds of people spent the night at the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the annual sky show that stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift–Tuttle.
A 50m-high, man-made mound – the presumed tomb of Antiochus – sets the background.