Parthenon, Nashville

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2500 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 862-8431

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    The Parthenon

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 23, 2014

    On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014...Went to the Parthenon with Tony, Matt, Janie, Lora, Ethan and Dakota. The guys and Janie stayed in the van, but Lora and I walked around with Ethan and Dakota. We had a great little walk around the park. The kids enjoyed the wide open spaces..We enjoyed the great views of the building. I had hoped the pond would have been open so the kids could feed the duckies but it was full of bulldozers fixing the pond...so no DUCKIES...usually I have ducks without bread, but today BREAD without ducks...go figure...

    There was several tour groups there so we didn't go into the building to see the art work...but we did go into the gift shop...we had a great time at the park.

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    The Parthenon

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 22, 2014

    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 building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. There are columns all the way around the building which is an awesome sight.

    Today the Parthenon, which functions as city of Nashville's art museum, stands as the centerpiece of Centennial Park. The Museum contains several photos, memorabilia and souvenirs from that Exposition. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists, thirty-nine of which are on view. There are two changing exhibit galleries that provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

    The statue of "Athena Parthenos" is 42’10” high and partially covered with 8 lbs. of 23.75 carat gold. Work began on the statue in 1982 was unveiled to the public in 1990.
    This room is gorgeous with high ceilings and beautiful pillars. Beyond the pillars you'll find replicas of the bits of the carvings on the outside of the real Parthenon. There are huge brass doors leading to more complete, yet smaller scale replicas.

    Going to the Parthenon at the heart of Centennial Park is a nice afternoon adventure.

    Hours:
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday 12:30 – 4:30 pm

    Members Free
    Adults $6.00
    Children (4-17) $4.00
    Seniors (over 62) $4.00

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    The Parthenon - Recreated

    by DaManley Written Jun 26, 2013

    The Parthenon in Nashville was spectacular to visit. It was huge to look at from the outside and approaching it just made it bigger and bigger. The underground area was an art work collection and some of which were interesting. I can't remember the names of the artists and it would have been nice if I could have taken a picture, but it was not allowed. There was also the history of the immediate area of the Parthenon and it's creation in Nashville.

    The best part though, and the main attraction, was on the main floor. Inside there was the statue of the Greek Goddess Athena and Goddess Nike of Samothrace. Yes, Nike. She was the embodiment of victory. Which meant Nike was constantly seen with Athena bearing the laurel wreath to crown her.

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    Parthenon~Photo Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Within the Parthenon structure is some much wonderful galleries and artifacts. The photo gallery is excellent source of the Parthenon history and plus they let you take photos' here. Once you enter the other gallery your not allowed photography.

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    The Parthenon is open year round Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30. Additional hours during June, July & August: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Parthenon is closed on Mondays year round. Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $4.00 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $4.00 All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.65 convenience fee.

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    Parthenon~Athena

    by Yaqui Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Athena Parthenos is 41 feet, 10 inches tall. There are about 12 inches between the top of her helmet and the ceiling beams. Her weight is estimated at 12 tons. The statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, in Athena's right hand is 6 feet 4 inches tall. Nike holds a wreath of victory preparing to crown Athena.

    In the 1920s the Parthenon was rebuilt as a full-scale replica of the ancient Parthenon with one large exception. The colossal statue of Athena from ancient times was not in this replica. In 1982, the city commissioned Alan LeQuire to build a full-scale replica of Athena Parthenos. Soon after, a group of concerned citizens formed the Athena Fund. Starting with funds accumulated over the years from the nickels and dimes of school children and tourists, the Athena Fund grew rapidly through private and commercial donations.

    Pheidias, the greatest sculptor of classical antiquity, constructed the Athena Parthenos on a wooden framework with carved ivory for skin and a gold wardrobe. The statue was unveiled and dedicated in 438 or 437 B.C. We can depend on this date based on the building accounts of the temple. Other sources are equally important. For example, there are ancient authors, such as Pausanias, who referred to the Athena statue in writings. Athena appears on Athenian coins of the second and first centuries B.C. Later, Romans copied the statue in small-scale. Even today on the Acropolis you can see the outline of Athena's base on the floor of the Parthenon. All of this evidence is culminated in LeQuire's Athena.http://www.nashville.gov/Parthenon/Athena/index.asp

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    The Parthenon is open year round Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30. Additional hours during June, July & August: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Parthenon is closed on Mondays year round. Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $4.00 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $4.00 All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.65 convenience fee.
    Address: 2600 West End Avenue, Nashville TN 37203.

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    Parthenon~Structure

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    I have always wanted to see this since I was kid and to finally see it in person was fantastic. Seeing the structure was so fascinating. The inside is even better.

    The Nashville Parthenon was built on this site as the centerpiece of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897. The original full-scale replica was intended as a temporary exhibit structure and was constructed of brick, wood and plaster. The building quickly endeared itself to all Nashvillians who protested plans for the building's demolition at the close of the Centennial Celebration. The original building stood until 1921 at which time the City of Nashville began the reconstruction of the worn structure—this time with permanent materials. This building, the result of those efforts, was completed in 1931.

    The Parthenon was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972.

    In 1987 the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation undertook the rehabilitation of the interior of the Parthenon. The improvements include upgraded gallery space, a ground-level entrance and an elevator resulting in barrier-free accessibility to the entire facility for the first time.

    As in 1897 and 1931, these improvements, completed in 1988, are a gift of the people of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County and serve as a reminder of Nashville's longstanding reputation as the Athens of the South.

    Architect
    1897 - Colonel W.C. Smith
    1921 - Russell Hart
    1987 - Gresham, Smith and Partners Contractors
    1897 - Edward Laurent
    1921 - Foster and Creighton Company
    1987 - Alexander and Shankle Construction Company

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    The Parthenon is open year round Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30. Additional hours during June, July & August: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Parthenon is closed on Mondays year round. Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $4.00 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $4.00 All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.65 convenience fee.

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    Back to the Future

    by grandmaR Written Apr 10, 2011

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    I had been reviewing my father's pictures and there was a picture of the Parthenon in Nashville. I did not realize at the time that this was built because Nashville thought of itself as the "Athens of the South".

    I wanted to go on a tour of the city but the tour people were so un-helpful that I just decided to go to the two placed I knew I wanted pictures of (the Parthenon and the capitol) and take pictures and then leave. I really didn't want to go in - just take a photo of the outside. So the next morning (which was Sunday), we started off early and drove to Centennial Park and then headed for the Hermitage.

    The Parthenon is open year round Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30. Additional hours during June, July & August: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Parthenon is closed on Mondays year round. Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $4.00 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $4.00 All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.65% convenience fee.

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    The building

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Parthenon is possibly one of large attractions of Nashville located in Centennial Park in downtown. This is the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in existence with 42-foot statue of Athena. The lower level of the Parthenon is used as an art gallery.

    Read more about the Pantheon history in General tips.

    The Parthenon is open
    Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30;
    also on Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 during June, July and August.

    Admission:
    Adults - $5.00; Children 4-17 - $2.50 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $2.50.

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    Athena Parthenos

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Athena Parthenos is 41 feet, 10 inches tall. There are about 12 inches between the top of her helmet and the ceiling beams. Her weight is estimated at 12 tones.
    Her statue is really impressive, although, I think, quite ugly. Well, this is how ancient Greeks saw their goddess. It is nothing to do with my artistic tastes.

    Athena, The Parthenon, Nashville Athena from back, The Parthenon, Nashville
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    Athena Parthenos

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The building didn’t include Athena statue till 1982 when Alan LeQuire built a full-scale replica of Athena Parthenos. In Greek mythology, Athena is the goddess of wisdom and the useful arts, and the protector of cities. Her title, Athena Parthenos, refers to her status as a maiden goddess.
    You can read more on the plaques in the museum.

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    The replicas of Athenian Parthenon’s sculptures

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Along two sides of the hall with Athena there are plaster replicas of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of the sculptures are in the British Museum in London.

    One of the plaster replicas in the Parthenon The row of the plaster replicas of sculptures
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    Parthenon sculpture replicas

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Each of the replicas has the description with a picture that shows with shadowed shape of this sculpture among other sculptures the location of the sculpture on the pediment. In the room located behind the Athena there is the miniature pediment with all sculptures arranged in their original places and restored shapes.

    Pediment in miniature The plaque near one of replicas Pediment in miniature
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    The Parthenon's pediment

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you look outside the Parthenon under the roof you will see the sculptures, which replicas of remains you can see inside of the Panthenon, in the original and restored size as on the Anthenian Parthenon, I assume.

    The East pediment potrays goddess and gods on Mt. Olympus at the moment of Athena's birth. The West pediment shows the contest between Athena and Poseidon for control of the land of Attica.

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    Athena's shield - outter side

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was impressed with Athena’s shield: 15 feet in diameter and has a symbolic meaning of protection of Athens people. On the exterior, in high relief, is a depiction of Greek heroes and Amazons. In the center of the shield is the image of Medusa, slain by Perseus with the help of Athena.

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    Athena's shield (inner side) and Snake

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The inner side of the Athena’s shield shows the battle of the Gods and the Giants. Colorful picture. The large snake near Athena’s feet is the people of Athens, protected by Athena’s shield (look at 2nd photograph).

    Athena's shield - inner side Athena's Snake
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