Parthenon, Nashville

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Centennial Park, Nashville, TN 615-862-8431

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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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    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.

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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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    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 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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    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.

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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).

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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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    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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    Visit the Parthenon. How...

    by schmoopy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the Parthenon. How American is that?
    Yes folks, Nashville houses the second Parthenon. Created as an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens for Tennessee's centennial celebration in 1897, the building houses Athena Parthenos, the largest piece of indoor sculpture in the Western world at 41 feet, 10 inches tall(I took this from City Guide website, as I had NO idea what the heck Nashville was doing in trying to recreate one of the most famous Greek landmarks). Anyway, I guess there are actually a number of galleries housed in the Parthenon that are highly recommended by those in the know, so to move away from the Twang of country, why not try this out for an afternoon?

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    Art and History together

    by HotRodEtte Written Mar 10, 2008
    Parthenon @ Nashville's Centennial Park
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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 Parthenon

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 22, 2014
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    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

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 23, 2014
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    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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