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The Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame

The Olympic torch has been lit on March 24 in front of the Temple of Hera on the historic grounds of Olympia, in the birthplace of Olympism, where the Ancient Olympic Games took place. The flame was lit successfully by a Holy Priestess, according to the traditional ritual, using the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror.