The Parthenon, Nashville

The Parthenon, Nashville (must see)

Nashville's Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Nashville's moniker, the Athens of the South, influenced the choice of the building as the centerpiece of the 1897 fair. A number of buildings at the Exposition were based on ancient originals; however, the Parthenon was the only one that was an exact reproduction. It was also the only one that was preserved by the city.

Today, the Parthenon, which functions as an art museum, stands as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, a large public park just west of downtown Nashville. Alan LeQuire's 1990 re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece.

As an art museum, the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

In the summertime, local theatre productions use the building as a backdrop for classic Greek plays such as Euripides' "Medea" and Sophocles' "Antigone", performing (usually for free) on the steps of the Parthenon. Other performances, such as Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses", have been done inside, at the foot of Athena's statue.

The Parthenon got a full makeover in 2002 with a much-needed cleaning and restoration to the exterior. The exterior lighting was upgraded to allow the columns of the building to be illuminated with different colors than the facade, allowing a uniquely versatile display of effects for events.

Why You Should Visit:
Almost like being at the original! You can go inside for a small price or just enjoy it from the outside. Fun to take pictures with.
This is also a perfect spot to stop for a picnic lunch. Nice tree coverage, lake and picnic area as well as walking trails.

Tip:
You can also buy tickets inside the gift shop to save time if the ticket line is a bit long.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9am-4:30pm; Sun: 12:30-4:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: The Parthenon
Sight Location: Nashville, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk I  

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