Olympic torch lit in traditional Greek ceremony

  • 10 May 2012
The Olympic flame is lit in a ceremony in Greece by actresses dressed in white robes. Image copyright Reuters

The Olympic torch has been lit during a traditional ceremony in Olympia, Greece.

An actress dressed as a "high priestess" lit the flame by directing the sun's rays onto the torch using a special mirror.

The lit torch will stay in Greece for a week before being flown to the UK on 18 May to begin the 70-day torch relay.

The flame is lit in Greece before every Olympic Games and only put out at the closing ceremony.