The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896
Actresses, acting as priestesses perform a Greek ancient dance during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C.
High Priestess Ino Menegaki lights the Archaic Pot
Ino holds the Olympic flame
Spyros Gianniotis (L) hands over the Olympic Flame to British boxer Alexandros Lucas
The first torch bearer Spyros Gianniotis runs with the Olympic Flame