Rio 2016: Here are some of the most spectacular images from the Olympics opening ceremony

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From supermodel Gisele Bundchen strutting her stuff and Andy Murray carrying the Union Jack flag to an aviator flying in the sky and colourful theatrical performances, the opening ceremony in the Maracana Stadium showed the world what Brazil has to offer.

Here are some spectacular photos from the colourful proceedings:

Maracana Stadium lit up with fireworks.

Fireworks are seen over Maracana Stadium.
(Morry Gash/AP)

It created a beautiful spectacle.

Fireworks are set off during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Matt Dunham/AP)

Performers wore bright clothing as they took to the stage.

Performers wore bright clothing
(Mike Egerton/PA)

There was a wide variety of colourful acts.

There was a variety of acts
(Mike Egerton/PA)

The whole stadium was an explosion of psychedelic lights.

ights are projected on the floor of Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Tim Donnelly/AP)

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked the longest catwalk ever and still looked stunning.

Super model Gisele Bundchen
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Artists gave incredible performances.

Performers dance during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Lee Jin-man/AP)

A choreographed routine saw dancers playing with rope.

Artists perform during the opening ceremony.
(Richard Heathcote/AP)

There was a bit of Metropolis in one of the theatrical performances.

Metropolis act
(Mike Egerton/PA)

An "aviator" was flown out of the stadium.

Artists perform during the opening ceremony.
(Matt Dunham/AP)

There was a carnival atmosphere among the performers.

There was a carnival atmosphere
(Mike Egerton/PA)

The stadium turned into a spectacular colour riot.

Artists perform during the opening ceremony.
(Richard Heathcote/AP)

Some performers used metallic sheets as props.

Performers hold metalic sheets at the start of the opening ceremony.
(Richard Heathcote/AP)

A giant hand appeared as well.

Performers dance durin. the opening ceremony
(Charlie Riedel/AP)

Lights filled the stadium during the opening ceremony.

Lights fill Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony.
(Morry Gash/AP)

Athletes made their way to the the massive arena.

Athletes are introduced during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(David J. Phillip/AP)

An athlete held up a sign as she arrived with the Argentina team.

An athlete holds up a sign as she arrives with the Argentina team during the Opening Ceremony.
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Australian athletes took selfies as they marched during the opening ceremony.

Australian athletes take a selfie as they march during the opening ceremony.
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Sailor Nicole Van Der Velden carried the flag of Aruba.

Nicole Van Der Velden carries the flag of Aruba.
(Markus Schreiber/AP)

Brazilian musician Paulinho da Viola performed the national anthem.

Brazilian musician Paulinho da Viola performs the national anthem during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Charlie Riedel/AP)

Andy Murray carried out his flag bearing duties to perfection.

Andy Murray carries the flag of Britain during the opening ceremony,
(Patrick Semansky/AP)

Spectators looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Spectators dance during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Matt Dunham/AP)

Tonga's Pita Nikolas Taufatofua became the shirtless flag bearer of everyone's dreams.

Pita Nikolas Taufatofua.
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Samba dancers put on an electrifying show.

Samba dancers perform during the opening ceremony.
(Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Jorge Alberto Oliveira Gomes lit the Olympic cauldron.

Jorge Alberto Oliveira Gomes lights the Olympic cauldron.
(Gregory Bull/AP)

Flames burned in the Olympic cauldron as the opening ceremony finally came to a close.

Flames burn in the Olympic cauldron after being lit during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
(Gregory Bull/AP)