According to the tradition the fire was lit by sunlight using a mirror. The ritual is took place where in ancient times were held the first games. The fire was lit from the main “priestess” – the actress Ino Menegaki. Later it was handed over to the first person that will carry the torch – the Greek swimming champion Spyros Yaniotis.
The Olympic torch will remain on tour in Greece until the 17th May. Then it will be delivered to the British delegation to the famous Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896. The Olympics in London are starting on July 27.