The Monument of the Immortals
a fifth century B.C. sophist from Elia,
was the first to compile a catalogue
of Olympic victors’ names
from the first Games held in Olympia,
Greece in 776
B.C. To revive this tradition of the inscription
of the Olympic winners names in ancient
Olympia we envision
the idea of creating an international monument
in Olympia the birthplace of the body, spirit
and soul of the
Olympic Games, an everlasting tribute to the
of every Olympic Victor – a lighthouse
to the world of the Olympic ideas.
Immortals will embody the nexus of human strength,
Olympic victor in history and giving them an
eternal home in Olympia.
the Hippias of
our times, the Monument of the Immortals Foundation
premier athletes – human symbol of excellence
and peace who personify the Olympic ideas of
ethos, friendship, participation, and fair play.
will inscribe and wishes (with IOC approval)
to broadcast worldwide the names of the victors
of the 2008 games
and all future games, it will provide a meeting
place for all the world’s athletes at
the home of the Games, it will receive the
of the Monument and lastly but not least it
will promote the Olympic Truce movement.
The idea of the Monument of the Immortals
was conceived by the co founders, at the S.A.E.
in Hollywood, California, which was promoting,
2004 Olympic Games.
The idea was born in contrast to the Athens 2004 promo
clip that promoted Athens as a modern Olympic city, at
the expense of the ancient city of Olympia where the
actual ancient games were held. The idea was endorsed
immediately by co founder Takis Antonakopoulos, a member
of the Greek Parliament attending the conference on behalf
of the Greek Parliament. The two co-founders then carried
the idea to the S.A.E meeting in Thessaloniki where it
was endorsed by the General assembly of S.A.E.
Since then the Monument has established two non-profit
foundations in USA and Cyprus. It has also created its
own logo, brochures and presentations.
The foundation identified a property for the erection
of the Monument, one mile away from the ancient ruins.
It has contacted an international architectural design
competition and it has assembled an international
jury panel of professionals from USA, Bolivia, Israel,
and Cyprus in ancient Olympia, were according to
Olympic tradition the three finalists were selected.
team proposition won the Gold, the Canadian team
won silver and the team from Netherlands won the
On August 22, 2004 the foundation revived the ancient
inscription by creating a glass plaque with the names
of the victors of the shotput event that took place in
ancient Olympia. Thus joining the two Olympic eras.
On August 15, 2004 the foundation revived the ancient
prose by creating the Olympia Immortals Album and had
Olympians from Athens 2004 and other Games dedicate in
The foundation proceeded to create samples of the glass
inscriptive for the Olympians names.
In November 2005,the foundation created the pictograms
for the Olympia Immortals Album for the Winter 2006 games
The foundation is presently fundraising with its Land
Patrons program to purchase the land for the monument
in Ancient Olympia,Greece.
Monument of the Immortals is an independent international
All contributions are tax deductible unless prohibited by applicable
Monument of the Immortals:
3452 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 - or - Arch Makariou
95 #203, Nicosia, 1071 Cyprus