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Women dressed as vestal virgins acted as guardians of the flame during the lighting ceremony. The torch, specially made for the lighting ceremony, was used to transfer the flame to the archaic pot which was taken via an ancient pathway to the site of the first Olympic Games.

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony On 29 September 2013 the Olympic Flame was lit in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games.

Olympic Flame Ceremony, Arhaia Olympia, Greece

Lighting of the bowl that will carry the flame to London.

Actresses perform a Greek ancient dance during the lighting ceremony on May 10, 2012, in ancient Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C.

On March 25, 2004, the torch lighting ceremony for the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay took place at the Ancient Olympia sanctuary. Actresses portraying priestesses dance around other priestesses who are holding olive branches, symbolizing peace and freedom, high above them in this photo. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

Lighting of the Olympic flame that will burn during the London Games - May 10th 2012, Ancient Olympia

autumns goddess High Priestess Earth

GREECE CHANNEL | Flame Ceremony Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese Greece