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THE ROUTE OF THE OYMPIC FLAME

This route of the Olympic Flame is from our partners in Greece. Visit Yias sou from Greece to find our more about the Olympics.

21 June 2004: Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic Flame arrived in Antwerp on Monday. Antwerp hosted the Olympic Games in 1920.
22 June 2004: Brussels, Belgium. HelloOn Tuesday the Olympic Flame reached Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the location of the headquarters of the EU and NATO. Viviane Reding, European Commissioner responsible for education and culture, spoke before the start of the Torch Relay saying "It is a great day for Europe. Sports and Culture are one ..." The Torch Relay passed the Grand Place, the EU Parliament and the Royal Castle.
23 June 2004: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Goede dag Amsterdam was host to the 1928 Olympic Games. The Olympic Torch passed the Van Gogh Museum, the house of Anne Frank and Dam Square before arriving at the Olympic Stadium.
24 June 2004: Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. The Torch Relay visited Geneva and Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Geneva is the location of the International Red Cross and the World Health Organization. The International Olympic Committee meets in Lausanne.
25 June 2004: Paris, France. Paris was the host of the 1900 and 1924 Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame visited the headquarters of UNESCO. Extracts from a UN resolution approving the Olympic Truce were read and the Torch was passed to a girl from Israel who handed it to a Palestinian boy - a symbolic gesture of truce and peaceful co-existence.
26 June 2004: London, UK. Hello London hosted the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games. Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run the mile in under four minutes (1954), led the Relay in London. A rock concert headed by Rod Stewart took place in The Mall near Buckingham Palace.
27 June 2004: Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. Hola Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame passed the Atocha train station where many people died in the terrorist attack on 11 March 2004.
28 June 2004: Rome, Italy. Buongiorno Rome, the home of the Global Junior Challenge, was the host to the 1960 Olympic Games. The Torch Relay passed the Colosseum, the Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Piazza di Spagna and Vatican City.
29 June 2004: Munich, Germany. Munich hosted the Olympic Games in 1972. Sadly, terrorism was brought to the Olympic Games on 5 September 1972 when members of the Black September terrorist group killed eleven members of the Israeli Olympic Team.
30 June 2004: Berlin, Germany. Berlin hosted the Olympic Summer Games in 1936 when the black athlete Jesse Owens achieved a gold medal in front of Adolf Hitler. The Olympic Flame passed the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.
1 July 2004: Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm, the home of the Stockholm Challenge, was the host to the 1912 Olympic Games. The Torch Relay visited the Olympic Stadium, the Castle, Ekoparken, Djurgarden, Gamla Stan and Stockholm Town Hall.
2 July 2004: Helsinki, Finland. TerveHelsinki, the capital of Finland, was host to the 1952 Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame visited the Town Hall and the Olympic Stadium.
3 July 2004: Moscow, Russia. Zdravstvuite Moscow was host to the 1980 Olympic Games. The Torch Relay visited Red Square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theatre, the University of Moscow and the Olympic Stadium.
5 July Kiev 2004: Ukraine. Vitayu Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest Slavic cities. Many athletes took part in the Olympic Flame ceremonies including Ukraine's most celebrated sportsman, Sergei Bubka.
6 July 2004: Istanbul, Turkey. Merhaba The Olympic Flame passed Turkey's famous monuments, Agia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The Torch Relay progressed over the Bosphorus Bridge that unites Europe with Asia.
7 July 2004: Sofia, Bulgaria. H.R.H. Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the Bulgarian Prime Minister, welcomed the Flame to Bulgaria. (Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was the King of Bulgaria when the monarchy was abolished after the Second World War). The first Torchbearer was Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria's first man in space.
8 July 2004: Nicosia, Cyprus.
Yias sou
"We welcome a mighty symbol of ageless values and ideals, which, by its journey, unites peoples and continents - the global heritage of creation. Let us light in Cyprus, too, an unquenchable flame of peace" (the Mayor of Nicosia)

The Relay returned to Greece where the Flame visited many parts of the country.

Olympic Games Athens, Greece. Opening Ceremony: Friday 13 August 2004


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