The Olympic flame has traveled three thousand kilometers around Greece, passing through 43 cities and villages and passed down by five hundred runners participating in the race. Today May 17 2012, the flame will tour Athens, where there will be welcoming ceremonies at the Acropolis Museum and Zappeion Hall. It will be handed to the British delegation at a special ceremony at the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held.

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Welcoming ceremony at the Acropolis

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Flame will be carried by 8,000 (UK) inspirational Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay. The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will focus on the nation’s youth with a large percentage of the torchbearers being 18 years and under. As it makes its way across the UK on a 70-day journey it will bring the excitement of the Games to everyone. The Olympic Flame will travel to within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic Torch Relay will help shine a light on the whole of the UK – from dynamic urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty. Evening celebrations in towns and cities will show off the best of the local area, bringing people together to mark the Olympic Flame’s arrival.

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From Athens to London – Olympic Torch Relay

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England London 2012 Olympics

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Panathinaiko Stadium (Kallimarmaro)

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Panathinaiko Stadium Athens Greece (Kallimarmaro)

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Olympic flame.

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British delegation at a special ceremony at the Panathinaiko Stadium.

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Panathinaiko Stadium Olympic Stamp

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Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay

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Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay

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Welcoming ceremonies at the Acropolis

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Welcoming ceremonies at the Acropolis

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Welcoming ceremonies at the Acropolis

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