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The Parthenon, Nashville

Categories: Monuments, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Situated in Centennial Park, this full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens was part of a Centennial Celebration and interestingly, was never intended to last past the event. However, the structur...  read more »
  • Toured this while on our trolley tour - interesting pictures - beautiful area Nice park surrounding - leaves were just starting to change 
  • That's true- Nashville has the most "complete" Parthenon in the world. This is a great place to see a piece of a past World's Fair. Built as a replica of the Parthenon on Mount Olympus Greece. There a...  read more »
  • My kids wanted to stop here after reading a book series that mention this place. I could not believe it was a full-scale replica, amazing! There was a very nice art museum and inside there is some other Museum type things to see. Small fee for the art museum but well worth it. Also can use the bathrooms there. The park around the Parthenon is also nice to walk about including a small pond and some other Garden features.
  • My family and I really enjoyed this place! It is so fascinating! I love Greek mythology & seeing all of the old Greek sculptures and pieces was amazing to me! They even have a pair of giant doors that would've been used by Greek Gods during their time! Those and the Giant sculpture of Athena are absolutely awesome!! The artwork is also very interesting! It's definitely worth it to visit this place at least once while in town.
  • Beautiful replica of the Greek original. Well maintained and was very awesome to look at the historic things. Entrance tickets were only six dollars. The are guides who come and explain the artifacts. Brought back memories of Greek history learned in school.
  • 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.
  • Definitely a place worth seeing if you're in Nashville. The (Nashville) Parthenon is a full scale recreation of the original structure. Walking through the building feels like like going back to ancient Athens. The columns are spectacular and the statue of Athena is absolutely amazing. I can't say that I have ever been to another place quite like it.
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