Parthenon, Nashville

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Centennial Park, Nashville, TN 615-862-8431

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    Nike

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Athena holds in her right hand Nike, the winged goddess of victory. As the personification of victory, Nike was often associated with Athena in the art of that period, and the relationship between the two goddesses was a close one in the minds of the Athenians in the 5th century B.C.
    Honestly, the name of goddess makes me laugh, I imagine Nikies in Athena's hand :-))

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    Parthenon's doors and their lions

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Considering how shiny noses of lions on the doors of the Parthenon I figured out that everybody thinks that it brings luck if you rub them. I didn’t do that, but I tried to open that huge door, which as you may presume was hard to open for its enormously huge size. It is so large that it is hard to believe it is a real door.

    The doors in Nashville Parthenon are identical to the doors found in the Naos (the room with Athena). The doors weigh 7.5 tons each, and are thought to be the largest matching set of bronze doors in existence.

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    The Parthenon

    by Rabbityama Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in Centennial Park, Nashville's Parthenon is an exact replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Nashville, once called the Athens of the West, built the Parthenon in 1897. Since then, they've also added a replica of the statue of Athena, which is not even in Athens! The cost to enter is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and ages 6-17, children under 6 are free. If you have a group of ten or more people, you may have a guided tour, but you must make reservations at least a week before you arrive. If it's possible, I highly suggest taking advantage of this! The guides are very knowledgable about the Parthenon, both in Athens and Nashville, and the history behind it. If you cannot get a guided tour, they offer pamphlets with information for a self-guided tour, and museum staff should be around. If you cannot get a tour, try to talk to the staff. It will make your trip to the Parthenon much more fun, and you'll learn so much more!

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    Why go all the way to Athens?

    by Bunsch Updated Nov 4, 2010

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    As we drove from the airport to downtown Nashville, I was surprised to see signs directing us to the Parthenon. A few days later, we actually visited -- though on that particular occasion the innards were locked up tight, so I can't give you the benefit of a full experience in this note; it killed me to miss the "awe-inspiring 42 foot tall statue of Athena" inside. (It is, however, featured in the 2010 film, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and it certainly looks pretty awe-inspiring there!) It was enormous fun to walk around the exterior, however, admiring the workmanship. The Parthenon was originally built for the Centennial Exposition of 1897. It is the only exact replica of the ancient Greek temple, and also features art works from various permanent collections. The park surrounding the Parthenon is a lovely place to stroll, or play frisbee (which we did), fish or feed the ducks -- you'll see a family of Canada geese in one of the photos.

    Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission for adults 18-61 is $5.00; children and those over 61 are $2.50.

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    Centennial Park and the Parthenon

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jun 5, 2009

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    Centennial Park is a 132 acre park that was originally developed as the state fair grounds. For the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition in 1897, the grounds were developed with various buildings for state and country pavilions. Nashville's pavillion for the fair was a temporary replica of the Greek Parthenon. The temporary Parthenon was reconstructed from 1920 to 1931, and it still stands today as an art gallery. This is the world's only full-size replica of the Parthenon, and its 42-foot tall statue of Athena is the largest indoor statue in the world. The man-made Lake Watauga was also created for the fair and still exists today next to the Parthenon.

    Today the Parthenon is the city of Nashville's largest art gallery.

    Centennial Park is located on the west side of Nashville. The Parthenon is visible from many point within the park. Entrance to the park is free, and the Parthenon costs $6 for adults.

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    Parthenon....you would think you were in Greece

    by sabogg01 Written Apr 14, 2009

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    The Parthenon was $5 to go inside to look at a very nice art collection with a lot of variety. It was free to roam around on the outside fairgrounds. I don't know if its like this all the time but there was an outdoor fleamarket/festival type of event set up with food, drinks, jewelry, etc.
    This was a beautiful area to walk an explore. We spent probably 3-4 hours here but I honestly think an entire day is actually needed.

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    The Parthenon in Centennial Park

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 8, 2009

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    The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the one in Athens, Greece, was built largely out of plaster as a temporary exhibit building (the Nashville pavilion of the 1897 Centennial Exposition). It was saved from demolition by public sentiment and the nickles and dimes of school children and tourists, thus preserving this symbol of Nashville as the "Athens of the South". In the 1920s the temporary plaster building was replaced with a permanent, concrete and steel incarnation, which remains today. It functions primarily as an art gallery and houses a statue of Pallas Athena, said to be the largest indoor sculpture in the Western world, which was commissioned by the city and created by the renowned Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire. Owing to the completeness and the multiple color surface painting (called polychrome), this replica is arguably closer to what the Athenians saw than are the current ruins in Athens.

    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 July 4, Labor Day, the Thursday & Friday of Thanksgiving week, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $3.50 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $3.50.

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    hours and concerts

    by Laurien Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Don't forget to look up the hours it is open on the day you want to visit!! I missed out because of poor planning. We did, however, catch a great little free concert in the park, which was a great surprise. See links below to the park's website and the schedule for upcoming free concerts.

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    Art and History together

    by HotRodEtte Written Mar 10, 2008
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    This is a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, with an enormous statue of Athena centering it. It also doubles as an art museum, with ancient Greek mythological statues and collectibles. Admission is $5.

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    The Treasury

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jun 26, 2007

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    A room with sculpture replicas in original Parthenon served as a treasury where all treasures brought to Athena were kept. Also in the original Parthenon, the wall between the Naos (where Athena's sculpture located) and the Treasury was solid, but during its subsequent use as a church and a mosque alterations were made to the temple, including the opening of doorways between the Naos and the Treasury.

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    A Greek sight in the South

    by terps94 Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    So there I was driving aimlessly around the city and next thing you know there's a sign for " The Parthenon" I said this I got to see. So I made a hasty right turn and after being glared at for erratic driving I find myself at the Centennial Park where the Parthenon is located.
    This replica was built initially as temporary exhibit for the 1897 Centennial Exposition but the Nashville citizens was so enamored by it that thru the years they replace it with more permanent structure.
    This scale replica has a small gallery in the first floor and on the second floor they have the statue of "Athena" along with other sculptures. When I went here there was a lady that work in the 2nd floor who was very knowledgeable about the PArthenon and the Greek history so if you have any question, fire away. There was a $5 fee for the exhibit inside.

    If you just want to relax for the day find a bench or a table or even bring a lawn chair and just lounge in the beautiful manicured lawn of Centennial Park

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    Greece in Nashville

    by grishaV1 Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    The Parthenon is a recreation of the one from ancient Greece, built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition of Tennessee. There are many plaster replicas inside of the original works, plus its the most well known centre for art museum in the city, or area for that matter. It has a standing offering of master works from around the world, but also has temporary shows and exhibits from local artists. Its only maybe five minutes from downtown, straight shot down West End Avenue, and surrounded by Centennial Park which host many celebrations and festivals throughout the year.

    The Parthenon is closed on Mondays, Tues-Sat. 9am-4,30pm, and the pricing is very reasonable. 4,00 for adults over 18, then 2,50 for children and seniors over 62. Very imporant to know, they do not allow food, drink, gum and backpacks! I always have my backpack, and I didn´t know so I had to take it back to the car. They have special tours for visually impaired, and like me, hearing impaired. Best not to take fotos inside also, they have postcards, etc. available. Its why I only have outside foto.

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    The Parthenon

    by LisaAnnDow Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Take a trip back into the past at Nashville's replica of the greek Pathenon. In the 1800's the people of Nashville built an exact, full-sized replica of the Parthenon, including the worlds largest free-standing statue of the godess Athena, plated in gold.

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    Centennial Park

    by DrewV Written Jun 13, 2003

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    Nashville has a number of terrific green spaces in its city limits. Percy and Edwin Warner is the biggest. Radnor Lake is the best (see General Tips). Centennial Park is the one you'll see as a tourist.

    Built for the Centennial Exposition of 1896 to honour Tennessee's one hundredth anniversary, the park still has that glorious fin-de-siecle feel to it. Heightening the appeal is the perfect replica of the Parthenon which looms over the center of the park.

    The Parthenon, designed to show Nashville's claim to be "Athens of the South" (due to the large number of colleges and universities), was so popular during the exposition that it was made permanent. Now, it holds an art collection, a 42 foot tall statue of Athena, and original plaster castings of the Elgin marbles (even the Greeks don't have those!). It's worth a stop, if for nothing else than to see how we Nashvillians view our city.

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    The Parthenon

    by travelmad478 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    It's pretty weird, but there is a full-scale concrete replica of the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park. This was originally built as a temporary structure for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial, but became so popular that it was rebuilt as a permanent fixture in the 1920s. There's an art museum inside. For me, the best part of this experience was getting to sit on the lawn outside the Parthenon and eat barbecued ribs from Hog Heaven next door (see my tip in Restaurants). Bet you can't do THAT in Athens!

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