Olympic Flame Altar

Ancient Olympia

Olympic Flame Altar

The Olympic fire is ignited several months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece.

Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, perform a celebration at the Temple of Hera in which the first torch of the Olympic Torch Relay is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Olympic anthem was sung first followed by the national anthem of the country hosting the Olympics and the national anthem of Greece, along with the hoisting of the flags.

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