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The Parthenon, Nashville

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Experience Ancient Greece in the heart of Tennessee at The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original structure in Athens. The impressive imitation was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, no doubt influenced by Nashville's moniker, "Athens of the South." Examine the plaster replica of the Parthenon Marbles and the imposing statue of Athena Parthenos. Nashville native Alan LeQuire needed eight years to complete the 13 m (42 ft) tall Athena statue. The building also serves as an art museum with a permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American artists. To visit The Parthenon and get the most from your holiday in Nashville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Nashville itinerary builder.
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  • It was a beautiful building, well kept, well maintained, clean. Lot of History learnt PLUS a Beautiful Art Collection. Must Visit Place while in Nashville.  more »
  • We wanted to see it since we were in Nashville. We walked from downtown since all the tours were booked up. It was a 5 mile round trip and not worth the walk. It is worth seeing but not if you have to...  more »
  • The building is awesome and we were quite surprised by the unusual site inside! The park around the building is beautiful. There was even a wedding group getting pictures done the day we were there. W...  more »
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  • Such an interesting piece of Nashville history! The building is just amazing. The museum was unbelievable. We went with a large group of adults and children. There were kids activities going on and plenty of things to see. The surrounding grounds were also very attractive.
  • Walked around the outside only at dusk. Had no Idea this place even existed and was eating at a nearby restaurant and took a quick walk over to check it out. I have to say the structure is simply breathtaking. The scale is so big that it's hard to comprehend that this was built in the 1800's here in Tennessee, let alone 2,000 years ago in Greece. The park is a very beautiful setting for this magnificent structure. There were firefly's buzzing about lighting up the well maintained grassy areas, couples sitting in the swinging chairs looking at the Parthenon. People and groups were gathered on the steps just hanging out or giving/listening to a lecture, as I imagine the original was used for similar acts. Very cool piece of US history and world history as well. Would highly recommend visiting for history and Greece buff's. Next time I will definitely visit the museum inside.
  • Such a cool place to visit in Nashville. Even if you don't pay to go in, a cool spot to visit and take pictures, even Mick Jagger thought so when the Stones played here. But for the $17 admission price seeing that replica of the Athena statue was so cool. Great spot for a hot summer day, beat the heat and see something very unique. Centennial Park is also a great park.
  • This is AMAZING!!!!! We went on a whim, I found it on a google search, and I am a Theatre major who has also loves Greek mythology. It was a beautiful place. My husband and I had such a great time here. We did pay to go upstairs into the museum section, and it was worth it. I think it was $6 a person, which is not bad at all. We had a lot of fun, and got lots of great pictures. Plus, this was a filming location for the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (though the book is crap compared to the movie). I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a little whimsy.
  • A very unique place to go in Nash next to Vanderbilt. The only full size replica anywhere and it's not deteriorating! Cool place to hang out outside when the weather is nice, but the inside is slightly underwhelming after you've been once. Downstairs has rotating art from around the US but the upstairs is...well you'll see.