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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Athens' farewell in photos
The sun sets over the Olympic Stadium and another Olympiad comes to an end
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The sun begins to set over the Olympic Stadium in Athens as the Games reach their end
Fireworks light up Athens
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Thousands of fireworks then light up the Athens skyline to mark the end of a memorable Games
Performers entertain the huge crowd
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Performers entertain the huge crowd with feast of fire, colour, dancing and singing
Each nation is represented at the closing ceremony
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International Olympic committee president Jacques Rogge declares: "These Games were held in peace and brotherhood."
Wheat fields are formed
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The ceremony includes the formation of a wheat field - in Greek festivities wheat symbolises new life
The closing ceremony
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After fears the Greeks were not ready to stage the Olympics, the Games proved to be a huge success
The Mayor of Athens passes on the Olympic flag
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The Mayor of Athens Dora Bakoyannis passes the Olympic flag to Rogge to mark the end of the city's hosting of the Games
Beijing mayor Wang Qishan takes the Olympic flag
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And the flag is then passed to Wang Qishan, the mayor of Beijing, where the Games will be staged in four years' time
The Olympic flame is lowered
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The Olympic flame that has beamed over the city for 16 days is lowered - again signalling the climax of Athens 2004
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A truly memorable Olympic Games closes - leaving the Chinese with a tough act to follow in 2008




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