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Gallery: Lighting the Olympic torch

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The Olympic flame, lit in the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, will travel to London, where the Summer Games will take place.

The Olympic flame, lit in the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, will travel to London, where the Summer Games will take place from July 27-Aug 12.

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A priestess holding a lit cauldron performs in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA high priestess, holding a lit cauldron, enters the ancient temple of Hera during  the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Oympic flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APThe official 2012  Olympics torch is lit  during  the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA high priestess, holding a lit cauldron enters the ancient temple of Hera as other priestesses perform during  the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA high priestess, right, passes on the Olympic flame she has just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays, to a priestess holding a cauldron in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held on Wednesday. May 9, 2012, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The flame to be lit in Thursday's ceremony in the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics will travel to London, where the Summer Games will take place from July 27-Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)A priestess performs in front of the ancient temple of Hera during  the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APGreek swimming champion Spyros Gianniotis, the first torchbearer of the Olympic torch relay, carries the olympic flame  in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA priestess releases a bird, a symbol of peace,  in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA priestess, releases a bird symbol of peace,  during the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece.  Photo: APA high priestess carries  the Olympic flame she has just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays, in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA dancer performs a ritual dance in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APA high priestess carries  the Olympic flame she had just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays, in the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the flame held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APAn actress as a high priestess, front, lights the Olympic flame using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays during the lighting of the flame ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: APAn actress as a high priestess, right, passes on the Olympic flame she has just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays, to a priestess holding a cauldron during the lighting of the flame ceremony held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Photo: AP

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