Today, September 9 the Paralympic Torch will be lit for the ninth time in history - and this time, it will be in Athens. Its route will take it throughout Attica, passing through 54 municipalities and covering a distance of 410 km.
680 torchbearers will share its light and the values of strength, pursuit and noble competition.
On September 17, the Paralympic Flame will offer its light to the Olympic Stadium, in an Opening Ceremony that will inspire the world to celebrate the first Paralympic Games in Greece.
The Flame that will light up Attica
The ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Torch Relay will bring its light to historical areas and monuments as well as sites with a distinctly modern Greek character. It will be an amazing tour through places of unique natural beauty, highlighting the accomplishments of today's Greece.
The journey will begin from the heart of Athens, in Thisseion area.
On the first night the Paralympic Torch Relay will stop at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, one of the ancient monuments where cultural events still take place.
The temples of Poseidon in Sounio and Artemis in Vravrona, and the great centers of the classical age, Megara and Elefsina, with their remarkable archaeological museums, will all welcome the Paralympic flame which will also shine its light on the magnificent coastal route that runs towards Sounio and the dam of Marathonas.
On the morning of September 17, the Paralympic flame will begin its journey towards the Olympic Stadium of Athens and its final destination: the opening of ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games.