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. Plan your visit to The Parthenon and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nashville journey planner.
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  • Refers to the original structure of Greece. It is located in a park, excellent for spending the day worth the inner visitation.
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  • This is an exact replica! Interesting and free. Great place to take pictures. Never knew this was in Nashville!  more »
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  • The building is definitely impressive considering it is an exact replica of the original Parthenon in Greece. As a curiosity it will certainly draw you. The cost is reasonable at $6.00 and the statute of Athena is impressive to look at as your imagination can take you back to 456 BC, you imagine seeing it for the first time. They also have a collection of are work that is good. The variety is decent. Plan on at least 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace of course. If you have ever wondered the the Parthenon looks like, then this is something you will not want to miss! The information on the Parthenon itself is pretty informative as well as the history of the replica.
  • I enjoyed touring this monument. I had been here I my college days but hadn't remembered the huge Athena statue. Then I found it hadn't been installed until the late 80s/1990. That explained it! It wasn't there the first time I visited. The signage is helpful and interesting. They close early at 4:30 pm and I for there at 4:00 so I didn't have as much time as I would have liked. I skimmed the displays in the hallways quickly so I could take more time on the upper floor. I was disappointed that pictures were not allowed on the lower floor so I couldn't photo some of the displays to view in more detail when I returned home.
  • There's a documentary on how and why this place was made. Highly recommend watching the documentary before coming. I love the massive golden Athena inside. This place is a must visit for anyone that likes ancient things or buildings completely out of their element. Heads up- there's a charge to enter and be aware of the hours of operation, especially if you're visiting around a holiday.
  • I went with no preconceived notions, just that we were going to this Parthenon rebuilt thing. Ended up being well worth our time and definitely worth $6. The structure itself is pretty amazing and the history "there" and "here" are both amazing. The exhibit level oil paintings was a great time and I found one painting I will never get out of my head (you figure out which one that is for you). The statue was more than captivating, found I wanted to photograph it from every angle. Biggest take away,... Learning names of building parts from this era and construction style. Beautiful grounds.
  • This is a beautiful recreation of the Parthenon from Greece which is dedicated to the goddess Athena. I hope to one day visit Greece in my life but at least I can say I have been to the Parthenon in Nashville Tennessee. I would say this is a must for anybody visiting the area. I recommend visiting at night as well as during the day.

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