EVENTS AT THE SNFCC



Spyros Louis’ Bréal Cup

Sunday / August 07 / 2016, 09.00 - 22.00

On April 18, 2012 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced that it acquired BrŽalÕs Silver Cup, the first Marathon WinnerÕs Cup presented to Spyros Louis at the inaugural Modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, in an auction held at ChristieÕs, where it was being offered for sale for the first time by the runnerÕs grandson. The FoundationÕs decision to participate in the auction was motivated by the CupÕs historical significance both as an Olympic and a national artifact. The Foundation announced immediately its commitment to make the Cup available to the public and to share it with everyone by displaying it permanently at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, upon its completion. In the interim, more than 3,500,000 visitors have had the opportunity of viewing the Cup during its exhibit at the Acropolis Museum in Athens (September 2012 - August 2014 and April 2015 - January 2016). The Cup was also hosted for 6 months at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (September 2014 - March 2015), during a period that coincided with the International Marathon of Lausanne, which attracted approximately 3,000 runners from around the world, enabling both athletes and visitors to see this historic Olympic artifact from up close.

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