Parthenon? Nashville, Tennessee? Yes, we were a bit surprised to find this as well. This is a full replica of the original Parthenon in Greece and it was originally built over 100 years ago. It’s sites like this that make the travels well worth while.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - In Centennial Park

Parthenon Nashville, TN – In Centennial Park

Located in beautiful Centennial Park in Nashville. It was quite a sight to see an exercise class going on just yards from this magnificent building.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - Entrance Door

Parthenon Nashville, TN – Entrance Door

The entrance to this monument and museum is on the backside. It is open from 9:00am to 4:30 everyday except Monday.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - History Storyboard

Parthenon Nashville, TN – History Storyboard

Built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. This was built to look like it did at the height of its grandeur. It also serves as Nashville’s art museum. However, you may not take pictures of the artwork so you do not see any here. You will just have to go see for yourself.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - 1931-Present

Parthenon Nashville, TN – 1931-Present

Along with the art museum portion you will find many historical displays related to the 1897 exposition and the building’s history. It was originally built as a temporary exhibit but made such an impression that it went under a reconstruction process in the 1920’s to make it a permanent part of Nashville.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - Statue of Athena

Parthenon Nashville, TN – Statue of Athena

The obvious highlight of the interior is the 42 foot replica of the statue of Athena. Displayed in gold as it was in its original form thousands of years ago. While the statue was unveiled in 1990 the gold gilding was accomplished fairly recently.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - Athena Close Up

Parthenon Nashville, TN – Athena Close Up

The statue is amazing and memorizing. You can’t see this in Greece (I don’t think).

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - Sculpture Displays

Parthenon Nashville, TN – Sculpture Displays

Along with Athena are several replicas of the original statues found in Greece. These were made from castings of the original fragments now housed in the British Museum in London.

 

Parthenon Nashville, TN - Education Class at the Foot of Athena

Parthenon Nashville, TN – Education Class at the Foot of Athena

In addition to the building itself and the art museum they hold educational classes as well. This is done at the foot of the magnificent statue. Quite a classroom setting.

 

I think it speaks for itself that if you are in the Nashville area that this is well worth the visit. You can gaze at the exterior for free and it is only $6.00 for adults for a view of the interior. A lot better than a trip to Greece.

For more information go to:

http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parthenon.aspx

 

The Parthenon Nashville, Tennessee

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