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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Inside The 'Darkest City On Earth' Where The Sun Doesn't Rise For 40 Days

The story has been told of the 'darkest city in the world' where the sun does not rise for 40 days.
Locals walk down the snow-covered streets as frozen are gathers outside a shop in the Russian city of Murmansk
An incredible collection of snaps has revealed the darkest city on earth where there is no sun for 40 days.

Photographer Amos Chapple took a "night-mode" enabled smartphone camera to document life in Russia’s north through the polar night.
A local worker tends to his stall as darkness sweeps over the arctic city
From December 2 until January 11, the sun does not rise above the horizon in Murmansk. The city lies in the Russian Arctic circle.

Amos captures a collection of stirring images of life in the area.

The haunting image shows snow falling as locals make their way through a forest path
About 100 kilometers to the east of Murmansk, boats lie frozen in the moonlight late at night.

Murmansk was founded as Romanov-on-Murman in 1916, when Tsar Nicholas II sought an ice-free port that would allow war supplies to be shipped in from Russia’s allies.

Photographer Amos Chapple used just a smart phone to capture the incredible images over the city
Within months of the city’s founding, revolution swept the tsar from power and the city was renamed Murmansk.

In World War II, Murmansk again became vital for the Soviet Union and its Western allies.

Cars are completely covered in heavy snow during the bitter winter in northern Russia
It was a main route for delivering materiel and aid for the Red Army.

In 1941, Murmansk’s defenders held off attacks from German forces, but the city was largely wiped out by Nazi air raids.
Source: The Sun UK

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