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Chimera / Yanartaş
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An hour’ s walk from Olympos brings you to the natural phenomenon of Cirali. Known by the local inhabitants as the “burning mountain” (Yanartas), it is a result of escaping natural gas, whose flames have been shooting heavenwards for centuries. Homer’ s Iliad tells the tale of Chimaira as well. It tells the story of how Bellerophon, who had been exiled from Argos, was sent to Lykia riding on Pegasus and how, after coming to Olympos, he killed the lion-headed, goat-torsoed, and snake-tailed Khimaira with his arrow. Bellerophon then threw the monster into the mouth of Mount Olympos, which is said to be the reason why there is an eternal flame in Çirali.

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