Winter Olympic flame lit at the Temple of Hera

The famous ceremony for the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was conducted at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC.

Winter Olympic flame

Actresses perform at the Temple of Hera in Olympia during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AFP)

Sacred Games

Actresses and actors perform at the Temple of Hera in Olympia during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AFP)

The fire

Actress Katerina Lechou (R), acting the high priestess, lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC. (AFP)

High priestess

Actress Katerina Lechou (R), acting the high priestess, and actresses perform at the Temple of Hera in Olympia during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AFP)

Greek torchbearer

First Greek torchbearer for Pyeongchang 2018, cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis holds the Olympic flame and a Greek olive tree branch as a symbol of peace, at the Temple of Hera in Olympia. (AFP)

Temple of Hera in Olympia

Actresses perform at the Temple of Hera in Olympia during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AFP)

Winter Olympic torch lit in Greece

Second torchbearer for Pyeongchang 2018, former South Korean international footballer Park Ji-Sung (R) passes the relay of the Olympic flame near the Temple of Hera in Olympia following the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AFP)

Greek Presidential guards at Olympia

Greek Presidential guards, or Evzones, walk across the ancient archaeological site at the Temple of Hera in Olympia. (AFP)