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The Parthenon – Nashville, Tennessee

IMG_3780I think it is amazing the things we remember over our lifetimes. I know parents try to create so many memories for their children when they grow up. My parents succeeded when we visited Nashville, Tennessee when I was around ten years old.  A taxi driver showed us around town one night and the one thing I remember more than anything was seeing the Parthenon at night.  The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.  When we traveled to Memphis this summer and was planning our return home, I told Mr. D we had to stop in Nashville so he could see the Parthenon. He likes to see knew things so he agreed and we decided to have lunch in Nashville and see the Parthenon. As you can see from the picture above it is huge and in a lovely setting in Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park.


This structure was 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 o f classical architecture. 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.

This is a link to the timeline of the history of this structure:  detailed timeline of the history of the Nashville Parthenon.IMG_3773

The above picture shows Mr. D on the steps of the Parthenon and it shows just how amazingly huge this structure is.  The picture below is of me on the hallway at the side of the building.


The only thing that disappointed us was the fact that they are closed on Monday and of course we were there on a Monday.  They have the city of Nashville’s art museum in the building.  The picture below is of the ceiling of the hallway that I am standing in in the above picture.  So many intricate details of this building are amazing.


The park is so pretty and I can understand why the city of Nashville refers to it as their premier urban park.  The view below is from the front steps of the Parthenon.


I love beautifully shaped trees and the picture below is what I would refer to as the front yard of the Parthenon.  It is such a beautiful tree and I just had to snap a picture.


I was so happy to see this again and feel very lucky to have seen it up close and personal during the day but also to remember seeing how memorable it was as it glowed with light at night. Mr. D just walked past me as I was writing this and said if we ever go again could we please not go on Monday so we could go inside.  I think that is a wonderful idea.

I am so happy that I was able to share this wonderful experience with you.  Who knew that such a majestic structure was right here in the sunny South.  Thanks for stopping by.


2 responses »

  1. I wish I had known about this when Kelsea and I were passing through Nashville a few years ago – I’m surprised I didn’t, because I did a ton of research about unusual things on our route, but we didn’t have a long stopover in Nashville, so maybe that’s why. It’s on my list for another trip for sure.

  2. For some reason it is not very well known and isn’t advertised much. I think it is because it is part of the City of Nashville parks and recreations department. Hope you are able to see it the next time you pass through Tennessee.


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