The Partheno

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The Partheno
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Before Nashville became Music City, it was known as "the Athens of the South:" a nickname thanks in part to the striking full-size replica of the Parthenon at its heart. Originally built for Tennessee's Centennial Exposition in 1897, the Parthenon was reconstructed permanently in 1931. Today, it's home to the city's art collection, but the undisputed star of the show remains the gilded 42-foot sculpture of Athena, which dominates the upper hall and remains the tallest indoor statue in the Western hemisphere.

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The Parthenon is a 1:1 scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Inside stands the nearly 42 ft gilded sculpture of Athena. Created by Nashville artist, Alan LeQuire, the image recreates that which most likely stood in the 5th BCE temple. Also on view are casts of the Parthenon marbles and maquettes of the exterior East and West pediment sculptures. The lower level houses a permanent display of American paintings, the Cowan Collection, and a changing exhibition space. In addition there are various historical exhibits to explain the history of the Nashville Parthenon, first built in 1897 as the centerpiece of the Tennesse Centennial Exposition.
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Venue name: The Partheno
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Address: 2600 West End Ave
Nashville
37203
Cross street: at Centennial Park
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, Sun 12:30pm-4:30pm
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The Parthenon is a great place to visit - but Athena is what will make you go back. The massive statue of Athena is incredibly impressive. The gold and glitter paint shines and is truly mesmerizing.