In the Sunday, September 29 on the ruins of the temple of the goddess Hera, the ancient city of Olympia, who gave the name of the Games, the ceremony of the lighting of the Olympic flame from the sun’s rays using a parabolic mirror. This ceremony was attended by dozens of plainclothes priestesses.
October 6th Olympic flame will arrive in a special flight to Moscow.
Ten priestesses, dressed in a tunic and sandals, asked the Olympian gods permission to light the fire. The main condition for the ceremony to light – the lack of any artificial sources of ignition. The torch should flash only with the help of sunlight reflected from a large concave mirror (bottom photo), symbolizing the approval of the gods and nature to host the Olympic Games. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
In the role of high priestess spoke Greek actress Ino Menegaki, who said in a symbolic prayer to Apollo, so he sent the sun’s rays to light the fire, and Zeus, that he crowned the winners of the Games laurel wreaths. Then, according to tradition, the high priestess lit a torch from the sun.
The high priestess, whose role is the third time by the actress Ino Menegaki, lights the Olympic flame from the sun, September 29, 2013. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki | Reuters):
In the tradition of lighting the Olympic flame from natural sources, there is one exception – weather conditions: if the day is cloudy, use for lighting a fire, resulting in a natural way during the ceremony rehearsal the day before. (Photo by Yorgos Karahalis | Reuters):
This is the place where in 776 BC officially the first Olympic games. (Photo by Aris Messinis | AFP):
Ancient Olympia itself – a complex consisting of solid debris (next to each pile of rocks have information boards that tell what it was), and dozens of trees (in the shade of which is very well hidden from the sweltering heat). (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
In addition to the main flame, the Olympic flame is lit and special lamps in case it goes out for any reason during the Torch Relay route. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
Ancient Olympia, September 29, 2013. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki | AFP):
Ancient Olympia, September 29, 2013. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
In continuation of Ceremonies high priestess gave the first lighted torch and an olive branch to the first torchbearer Relay – Greek skier Giannis Antoniou. As the winter Olympics, the athlete had to dress in winter clothes despite the heat. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
The day before, at the rehearsal of the lighting of the Olympic flame had a mishap. As they say, something went wrong! First torch for about a minute then tried to light so that commercials. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki | AFP):
However, the torch does not light up. Confused Greek Ioannis Antoniou skier ran with the torch back, they tried to fix it. But, alas, the second attempt also failed. So it was not a burning torch. (Photo by AFP | Aris Messinis):
“The torch relay” Sochi 2014 “symbolizes the spirit of sportsmanship and the values ??of the Olympic movement. Flame, traveling across Russia in the hands of 14,000 torchbearers, will be the messenger of peace and the Olympic values ??to residents and visitors throughout the world. Arrival of the Olympic flame in Sochi is expected on February 7 next year. (Photo by Aris Messinis | AFP):
The first Russian-Olympic Torch Relay Torchbearer “Sochi 2014” was the hockey player Alexander Ovechkin. In turn, Alexander Ovechkin handed Fire students from the sister city of Olympia – Yakutsk. 10 Russian children ran through the group a slot through Ancient Olympia. (Photo by Yannis Behrakis | Reuters):
After the ceremony, 250 torchbearers will carry the fire this week across 33 cities and 23 areas of Greece – during which time relay will overcome 2000 kilometers, and on October 6 torch with fire “Sochi 2014” will arrive in Moscow.
(Photo Aris Messinis | AFP):