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8th wonder of the world

A highly unusual sight which is well worth the trip. BRING MARSHMALLOWS. Also bring a cross and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tom A
Interesting natural phenomenon

We went to this attraction knowing there was going to be a steep climb. It took awhile to get up to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Climber597909
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A series of flames that spurt from cracks in the rock, which are caused by the combustion of natural gas seeping out of the mountain at the ancient site of Olympos.
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UlupInar Mahallesi, Cirali 07980, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday

A highly unusual sight which is well worth the trip. BRING MARSHMALLOWS. Also bring a cross and rosary beads to ward of whatever is causing these hellish fiery projections. There is no doubt in my mind that Hades lurks here, His shadow is long and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this attraction knowing there was going to be a steep climb. It took awhile to get up to the flames. I’m unfit with a dodgy knee, it took me about 30-40 mins. Fit people could do it in 15-20 probably. It was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Climber597909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

lovely sights and a must do. only negatives is that you probably won’t like it if you hate walking up a steep hill for a mile, it’s also very slippery and dry. It can also be quite full there, being marshmallows if you have kids....More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank mireilleclee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a fairly short hike up the mountain to this site with little "ovens" of natural gas flames. We took some leftover pide and marshmallows to roast over the flames. Cirali itself is a lovely little town that feels secluded and quiet.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

Very nice place. Need to go late in the evening. The journey a bit difficult, but worth it. I'm recommendet to see that

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Rimabiel
Reviewed August 15, 2019 via mobile

We did the trip up the hill on a full moon evening and the moon over the sea was amazing I’ve never seen anything like this before and it’s definitely worth a visit My wife and I enjoyed the site of the flames coming out...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019

What an amazing place, there were a stack of folk there as well, its quite a walk from Cirali village, we rode our hire bikes to the start and walked up. The path is uneven so trainers would be good and take a headtorch. We...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank sue p
Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

This is a must see place 15 minutes from Cirali township and beach. It is recommended to go start hiking 7pm, hiking shoes, marshmallows, sausages, water, skewers and flashlights. if you like to have family time and cook your own food there.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank omer-tampa
Reviewed July 19, 2019

Here is a really interesting and wonderful place. The history of Chimeare is also fantastic. I felt my self in a very unbelievable enviroment, It took fast 20 minutes to climb through stone stairs at night. Dont forget to take water with you.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank MetinBerlin
Reviewed July 11, 2019

Bit of a trek but well worth it, go at dusk to appreciate this magical spectacle, take water especially in summer...

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank slyuk2004
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AstaMal
March 3, 2019|
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Response from FaizalP61 | Reviewed this property |
It is open 24 hours. If you visit in the evening or night it will be cooler and you will see the flames more clearly - but a daytime visit is also fine.
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Valerie W
February 12, 2016|
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Response from Baclava | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other comments. I am 72 years old and managed to get to the first level of flames. I did struggle a bit as it is a very rocky and uneven path.
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