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Rio Olympics 2016: Best pictures from the opening ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony kicked off at the Marcana stadium in Rio de Janerio with a stunning celebration of Brazilian culture.

The Rio Olympics opening ceremony was a visual treat to the audience
The Rio Olympics opening ceremony was a visual treat to the audience  

The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony kicked off at the Marcana stadium in Rio de Janerio with a stunning celebration of Brazilian culture.

This Olympics will be feauturing the refugee team for the first time and Kenyan great Kipchoge Keino ws awarded the first Olympic Laurel in honour of his notable contributions.

The 80,000-seater stadium was less than two thirds. At one point, the entire of the stadium was transformed into an otherworldly landscape as huge moving sculptures of microbes moved across the floor. 

The stadium became a forest floor and people of the native tribes of Brazil, in traditional dress, performed a choreographed dance with the fibre optic lights to recreate tribal art. In the end, Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Let us take a look at some best pictures from the opening ceremony.

#1 The Christ the Redeemer statue was lit with special lights by French artist Gaspare Di Caro

Christ the Redeemer before the start
Lighting up one of the seven wonders of the world
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