Olive Trees are cultivated in Greece for more than 6,000 years and are considered to be sacred trees.
The Greek Mythology says that the goddess Athena daughter of Zeus gave the Olive Tree as present to Athens so defeated Poseidon and achieved to give her name to the city and become its patron.
For the ancient Greeks, this tree was the symbol of peace, wisdom and triumph.
The wreath of olive branch used to crown the winners at the Olympic Games and winners in wars.

To this day, the Olive Tree has retained its symbolic power between different cultures and nations, still regarded to be a symbol of glory, fertility and power.

 

 

The Lighting of the Olympic Flame in Ancient Olympia for Rio