(The Panathenaic Stadium or Panathinaiko (Greek: Παναθηναϊκό στάδιο, also known as the Kallimarmaro (Καλλιμάρμαρο, meaning the "beautifully marbled"),is the most ancient stadium in use in the world, is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble (from Mount Penteli) and is one of the oldest in the world)
(The legendary sculpture “The Runner” is located in Athens since 1988. It is made entirely of dark green glass. The author of this unusual sculpture is the Greek sculptor COSTAS VAROTSOS.
Costas Varotsos prefers to work only with glass and metal, so each of his sculptures becomes unusual, because other sculptors work in stone. Usually a glass figurine is no more than an ordinary vase. But when a building has the size of a huge house, it looks like entirely different than the statuette on the shelf. The sticking out parts of the sculpture, at a strong gust of wind, are likely to produce a rattling sound.
Athens, in general, is considered the founders of the Olympic Games. But this sculpture was created in the honor of the Olympic runner Spiridon "Spiros" Louis. He was the first who won the modern day Olympic marathon. Now the route of each marathon must pass through OMONIA SQUARE, where the monument is installed. Running by this huge statue, people are inspired and gain strength for the rest of the way. It is interesting that this sculpture is a well-known runner in the world. Its uniqueness as the material and the shape, provoke people strong emotions and don’t leave them indifferent. Therefore, visiting Athens, for just one time, be sure that you will tell your friends about the amazing sculpture “The runner”)