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CHIMERA FLAMES - YANARTAS

The town and national park of Chimera is known by several names, including Yanartas (flaming rock) and Burning Rock.  These names all relate back to a cluster of flames that blaze spontaneously from crevices on the slopes of Mount Olympos, at around 250 metres above sea level.  It is unknown the exact cause of the spontaneous flames, but it is thought they are a result of methane emissions.  It is thought that these flames have been burning since the 4th century and sailors used them as beacons to navigate their ships.  The mountain consists of two dozen vents, which are grouped in two patches on the hillside above the Temple of Hephaistos.