I browsed the gorgeous winning images of The World at Night’s 2016 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, and this one got the third place in Light category. The image was captured in August 2015 by Amirreza Kamkar from Iran.
“Standing at night in the Pasargadae world heritage complex of ancient Persia palaces was a special experience. The sky of this ancient place, now has been lightened with light pollution of the nearby cities,” added Kamkar. Judge Jim Richardson notes that “Depicting light pollution is often difficult. But this image goes one step further, suggesting how view of the sky has changed over the millennia, leaving us to lament that we will never see the night sky over Pasargadae as the residents of this ancient city saw it 2,500 years ago.”