The Parthenon in Nashville
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.
The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of 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.
I love this. I love this park. It's a great place. If you're in Nashville, you need to see it. There's also a great chipotle near by.
All my life I've wanted to see the Parthenon and tried to imagine what it must have looked like in all its glory. What a thrill it was for me to have literally stumbled upon this exact replica in a park in Nashville. It is extraordinary to think that people in this music city supported such a tremendous undertaking. I spent a lot of time there and really enjoyed seeing all the replica artifacts. Of course, the spectacular Athena with her amazing shield is breathtaking.
It’s absolutely beautiful!
very cool space -- very sketchy area