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The Nashville Parthenon – The Athens of the South – Episode 109

Joe Dorsey on May 21, 2014 - 7:06 pm in Attractions, City Spotlight, Historical, Places to visit

On our trip to Nashville we discovered something that you would not expect to find in the middle of Tennessee, the Parthenon. Turns out, Nashville has a full scale replica of the Parthenon, originally found at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It looks spectacular, and the Nashville Parthenon is a must see if you are traveling through “Music City.”

The Parthenon, Nashville Courtesy of Serge Melki/Wikimedia Commons

The Parthenon, Nashville
Courtesy of Serge Melki/Wikimedia Commons

Why is there a Parthenon in Nashville?

First and foremost, why is this thing here? Originally constructed in wood, it was built as a temporary structure in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, a city sponsored shin-dig. Nashville’s moniker “The Athens of the South” inspired the theme for the show. It’s important to know that this is a replica. The original Parthenon is in ruins, and is built with marble. Nashville’s version was redone in concrete.

Nashville parthenon close-up

Nashville parthenon close-up

The pediment atop the Parthenon tells the myth of Athena. That’s where it gets crazy, because inside – staying true to the original – they built a 42 foot tall statue of Athena covered in gold leaf. In her hand, she holds a six foot tall statue of the goddess Nike. It really is a site to see.

Athena Parthenos The Parthenon Nashville Courtesy of Aaron Archuleta/Wikimedia Commons

Athena Parthenos The Parthenon Nashville
Courtesy of Aaron Archuleta/Wikimedia Commons

Inside the Parthenon is an art museum featuring works from American artist, Winslow Homer.

You’ll find the citizens of Nashville casually strolling the grounds of Centennial Park, picnicking and bike riding. Take my advice and spend a couple hours in the park, and don’t forget to see the gigantic structure in the middle of it.

Admission

Adults $6
Children over 4 $4

For more information on a trip to Nashville to see the Parthenon head to www.visitmusiccity.com

Photos courtesy of Dollar Photo Club and Wikimedia Commons.

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