Our hotel was just two blocks away The Parthenon! Well, the Nashville Parthenon but it is a full size replica of the original in Athens.
The Nashville Parthenon was built in 1897 for Tennessee’s centennial exposition which was THE premier event of the day with 1.8 million people in attendance. That’s an impressive number by today’s standards so thinking about it being 1897 that is a truly amazing number of people. With a structure like the Parthenon to see though it’s easy to see why.
The Parthenon peaks out through the trees in Centennial Park, impressive at first glance and gets even more so the closer you get. One of those things that make you stop and stare and then you realize your mouth is hanging open.
The Parthenon houses an art museum but since we were there on a Sunday evening it wasn’t open so we walked all around the outside and decided we HAD to come back on Tuesday before we left town. (The museum is closed on Mondays).
The art museum consists of painting by American artists and fascinating artifacts from the centennial celebration, but the pièce de résistance is Athena herself. In the center of the Parthenon is a 42 foot tall replica of the statue that stood in the original Parthenon in Ancient Greece.
2600 W End Ave, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN 37203
- Tuesday–Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed Monday
- Art museum: Adults – $6, Kids $4 wandering around outside the Parthenon is FREE