The lighting of the Olympic Flame of the XXth Olympic Games of Munich has been materialized, as usual, by the ruins of the Temple of Hero in Ancient Olympia.
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Background: The lighting of the Olympic Flame of the XXth Olympic Games of Munich has been materialized, as usual, by the ruins of the Temple of Hero in Ancient Olympia.
Through the help of a concave magnifying mirror and by the Sacred Altis (Altar) of Zeus and the solar rays of Olympia's sky, the Olympic Flame was lit by the High Priestess (Maria Moscholiou, National Theatre actress).
The Flame, held by the High Priestess (in a vase), surrounded by a group of priestesses, in being carried in procession towards the ancient Stadium of Olympia through the Portico of Echo (Krypti).
In there, the High Priestess recites the prayer and thanks to Zeus "for having sent down the earth the flame" and immediately after transfers the Flame to a torch which is being given to the first runner for being transported in relay to Munich where it will arrive on August ???X 26th, the day of the opening of the Olympic Games.
Government officials, members of the Olympic Committees, other representatives, the Mayor Of Munich, Dr. Johan Vogel, Vice-President of the Olympic Games Organising Committee, as well as a big crowd from the nearby areas attended the ceremonies.
Meanwhile, another ceremony was being held at Baron de Cuubertin's Grove; Olympic Committees' representatives laid wreaths of laurel tree to the Monument of the founder of the Olympic Games.
The Flame will cross eight European countries and will be carried to Munich through a 5500-km journey.