Olympic Flame Torch Lighting Ceremony Panathenaic Stadium Athens
High Priestess Katerina Lehou prepares to handover the Olympic Flame at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony – Panathenaic Stadium

Where: Panathenaic Stadium
When: 31 October - 11:00am
Why Go: To witness that start of the Olympic Flame handover

The ceremony for the official handover of the Olympic Flame for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will take place at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday 31st October at 11:00am.

Olympic Flame Torch Lighting Ceremony Panathenaic Stadium Athens II

The final runner of the Olympic Flame Torch Relay for the 2016 Summer Olympics arrives at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

The Olympic Flame was lit at Ancient Olympia on the 24th October at the ancient temple of Hera where 30 priestesses or ‘Caryatids Kores’ performed a series of rituals, calling on Apollo to light the cauldron. It is currently making its way through Greece with the Olympic torch relay covering 2,129km’s including the Acropolis on the night of October 30. The torch will be carried by 505 torch bearers before being lit at the home of the first modern Olympics in 1896, the Panthenaic Stadium in Athens, where the public is free to watch the ceremony which will also be cast live around the world at the official Olympic Games website.

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The Caryatids Korres performing at the Olympic Flame handover ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

The ceremony is an absolute highlight for anyone living or visiting Athens to enjoy. Visitors are advised to arrive well in advance of the 11:00am starting time to witness the official ceremony which includes the Greek Presidential Guard, the City of Athens Marching Band and a performance by the 30 Caryatids Kores led by High Priestess Katerina Lehou and choreographed by Artemis Ignatiou.

 

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