Chimaera (Turkish people call as Yanartaş) is a magnificent natural wonder 600 meters away from Çıralı‘s coast and 250 meters above sea level. Inside the forest is a fire that never stops in an open rocky area. The ruins near the site of the fire belong to an ancient Byzantine church. The oldest known building in the region is a temple dedicated to Hephaistos. Today, there is only a small remnant of this structure. The location is also close to the sea and the flames from the stones attract tourists. The natural gas source has been the subject of Ancient Greek mythology. Since the 4th century BC, the authors have mentioned these mysterious flames in their texts. The most famous myth of Chimaera (Yanartaş) as it follows ;
The ancient Greek period in Argos there was a King Ephyra’s son who lived in the city. This brave prince, whose real name was Hipponus, accidentally killed his brother Belleron while they were hunting one day. After this incident, they named him “Bellerophon,” which means ” eating Bellerophon.” He left the city in sorrow and mourning, and went to the city of Tiryns at this time King of the region was Proitus and he was a guest of the king for a few days. Ante, King Prouitos‘s beautiful wife, fell in love with the brave and handsome Hipponus. The prince, who was as honest as he was brave, would not accept King’s wife love. Arrogant Ante tells King that the Hipponus is in love with him and tried to kiss her so many times. The king, who was very angry with his wife’s words, did not want to pollute his hand with the blood of his guest. He wrote something on a letter, wrapped it few times, holding it in Bellerophon‘s hand, telling the Hipponus to take this letter to his relative Lykia King Lobates. Unaware of all this, Hipponus took the death warrant under his hands and arrived at the Palace of the King in Xanthos (now known as Kınık town), the capital of Lykia. King Lobates welcomed the Hipponus and hosted for a few days. Then he asked for the letter from Proitus. After reading the letter, the King understood that Hipponus must be killed. However, King Lobates also did not want to put his hand in his blood and sent him to kill the Chimaera Dragon, which terrorized Lykia country in that time.
Chimaera Dragon lived in Chimaera at the time, on Mount Olympos. The Chimaera dragon roared like a lion, spewing fire from his mouth, and the flames of that fire burned everything he touched. The head of this Chimaera dragon was a lion’s head, half of his body was a goat’s body, and the back part of his body was a snake. Hipponus went to the place where the Chimaera dragon lived and met this monster. After seeing Chimaera Dragon, Hipponus realized that he could not handle this dragon alone and asked the Gods for help. Pegasus, known in mythology as a winged horse, was sent by the Gods to help the Hipponus. He caught Pegasus who came to help him and rode it. The Chimaera Dragon saw Hipponus on the Pegasus then began to flee eastward, but the sea appeared in front of. He caught the dragon by the sea, rose up to the sky with Pegasus, and killed him on top of the volcano by spear. Before The Chimaera Dragon died, the flames that he poured out of his mouth were everywhere. It is believed that this burning fire of The Chimaera Dragon is still burning at the exact place where it was killed. Entrance to the Chimaera is 7 TL per person. My advice is that when you go in the night, you will have the opportunity to see the perfect flames more closely. Don’t forget to take a flash light with you. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.