The Olympic opening ceremonies provide the host nation a chance to display their goods to the world. It is a time for creativity, displays of local culture, and odes to national history. Some openers are significant for the pure spectacle they put on, while others do a great job of encapsulating the state of the world in that given time period.
Out of our modern Olympic choices, we’ve selected the 10 openers that brought the house down… not literally.
This would be the first Olympic Games to reintroduce the lighting of the official flame. The cauldron was created by famous Dutch architect Jan Wils, and sat atop Marathon Tower at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.
Previously, the Olympic flame had been featured in the Ancient Olympics of Olympia, Greece. Back in those days, additional fires were lit at the temple of Zeus and his wife, Hera.