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Nashville Parthenon, Nashville

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Architectural Building · Art Museum
Experience Ancient Greece in the heart of Tennessee at Nashville 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 Nashville Parthenon and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nashville journey planner.
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  • There's always something happening at the Parthenon. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the park, if you love being out doors and with a lot of people this is a perfect place.  more »
  • It was spectacular; well worth the price of admission! It was very well curated with a mix of art and architecture. The location is not far from I-65 and it is the perfect rest stop to stretch your.....  more »
  • Wow! This was the main attraction we wanted to see while in Nashville and it was all we expected and more! Beautifully built, impressive in size and detail (just like the original!), and convenient to everywhere, it will amaze and delight everyone who visits. You can pay to go inside and see all the artifacts and historical info for so much pertaining to the original, as well as this replica. The price is one of the more reasonable for sites in Nashville! The outer part is absolutely free, as is Centennial Park, but touring inside is a mere $8.00!!! Well worth every penny! There are stairs as well as elevators if you have mobility issues and there's plenty of space. The gift shop is also very reasonably priced for souvenir items (not always the case with places like this). The staff are very friendly and helpful. We truly enjoyed our visit and plan to come again in the future!
  • My visit to Centennial Park and the Parthenon was wonderful. The Parthenon was constructed as part of the celebration of 100 years of Tennessee's statehood. There is a small lake on the grounds near the Parthenon with a few ducks. The grounds are well groomed and quite beautiful. The Parthenon is a magnificent structure. The first floor contains an exhibit of beautiful works of art and the grand hall has the statue of Athena. The beauty of the building both inside and without is amazing and the skill of the artisan who crafted the likeness of Athena is beyond duplication. The day I visited the sun was shining, a slight breeze was blowing and a local musician was serenading visitors with beautiful sax renditions of various styles of music. The resonance of his instrument among the columns of the Parthenon made the enjoyment that much better. I strongly encourage anyone who has not visited the Parthenon or Centennial Park to do so. The cost is very reasonable and every penny spent to visit was absolutely worthwhile. I may never get the opportunity to visit Athens Greece. Even if i do, the original Parthenon is in ruins. The people of Nashville are friendly and welcoming to out of town guests. Please, go see the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

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