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Yanartaş (flaming rock) is the Turkish name of a geographical feature near the Olympos valley and national park in Antalya Province in southwestern Turkey. The location is 80km southwest of Antalya, near the town of ıralı. It is generally believed to be the ancient Mount Chimaera. The area is located on a track popular with hikers and trekkers on the Lycian Way.
Chimera was the son of Typhon, himself the son of the fierce Gaia, the earth goddess. Zeus was so scared of Typhon he set him on fire and buried him alive under Mt Etna, creating a volcano. The Lycian King Lobates, then sent Bellerophan to kill Chimera, the fire breathing monster, part lion, goat and serpent, with aid of his winged horse, Pegasus. It is state that he did this by pouring molten lead into Chimeras mouth on Mount Olympos, thereby creating these spontaneous fire balls form the mountain side.
To see the fires and the ruins, visitors must first go to the entrance at the foot of the mountain, where they pay an admission of 4TL. The site is at the top of a one kilometre climb. This is basically a rock stairway and is easily managed. Most people visit at night, when the fires are at their most spectacular. You need to bring your own torch to find your way up the stairs in the dark.

The fires are grouped over an area of 5000 m2 and are fueled by gas emissions which have been burning for at least 2500 years

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  • Copyright: Arun Iyer (Aruns) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 37] (145)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2012-07-11
  • Categories: 自然
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-07-23 12:12
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