“A full-scale replica of the Athenian original”
This is the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Greek temple. It houses the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world, a statue of Athena, ancient goddess of wisdom and learning, the deity for whom the original Parthenon was erected.
Originally built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, the building became unsafe and was rebuilt in 1929. It is an exact replica of the Greek temple, its architecture including not a single straight line; no two columns are the same size, nor are they placed the same distance apart. No two steps are the same size and the floor is not square or level. A proud symbol of Tennessee’s Capitol city, the “Athens of the South,” the Parthenon houses the city’s permanent art collection, plaster casts of the Elgin Marbles, a gift shop, and visitors center.
As others have said this place is way more impressive than you'd imagine. Perfect place to visit on a nice sunny day. Close to music row and several other tourist spots in Nashville. This should be on your Nashville bucket list.
Absolutely HUGE! Super impressive exterior & worth the drive to see it. I would love to come on a warm, sunny day & have a picnic on the vast grounds. I showed up on an extremely cold Monday though - so it was closed & we didn't want to stay out too long. I hear the Athena statue inside is amazing too.
Kind of unbelievable and not entirely sure why it's there. Admission inside was $8, which we didn't think was worth it since we felt that the most impressive photos were from the outside.
It was a fun stop for the family.
When we visited the Parthenon, it wasn't open yet, which was disappointing. None the less, we walked the dog up the stairs and took pictures. The plaque with the hours and tour information did say no dogs allowed, so I'm assuming it's underneath where the tours start, or something. Who knows.
As a history nut, I could not pass this up and it is truly impressive. I thought the admission cost was worth it, the collection of paintings inside is wonderful and the statue of Athena is astounding!
It was an awesome photo op! It was great to get out & stretch our legs!
Awesome stop. We got there at 11pm and it was lit up and beautiful. Worth the photo op
My father in law thought it was awesome (and he has seen the real thing years ago) and my teens were impressed that a Percy Jackson movie scene was filmed there (and they saw some props from it). Beautiful setting in the park too.
We thought this was going to be small and hokey but it's truly impressive. Wish we had been there earlier to see inside. Definitely going to visit again when it's open.
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