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Chimera

Homer referred to the fire-breathing monster that lived in Lycia and was known as the Chimaera. The monster was part lion, part goat and part snake; it was purportedly slain by the hero Bellero-phon, but its fire could never be extinguished. The mythic fire still issues from the site of Chimaera which is found on the side of Mount

Phoenix, a few kilometers from the ancient city of Olympus near 4 Cirall village. The site of    the ever-burning fire,    called Yanar in    Turkish,    has  long been used    as a shrine. !t has been described by    many of    the ancient writers    as the perpetual fire    can be seen from the    sea at night. It is    said that the flame    will not roast    stolen meat.

RUINS or CHIMAERA

A small church may be seen at the site that was built by thB Byzantines. An apse and two of the windows are left standing of the church. An inscription was found inside that said: Theoduios. the servant of God. One inscription at the site is on a pedestal and is dedicated to the Emperor Hodrlan by the nearby town of Olympus.

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