When you say Nashville, Tennessee, most people think Country Music.
A lot of people don’t know that this same Nashville also has the only full size replica of the Parthenon in the world (yes, the famous Greek Parthenon).
We got there early on a recent Sunday morning, a rainy Sunday morning, it was not open, so we did not get to see the full size replica of Athena inside. It opens at noon on Sundays. Here are our photos.
A little history ~~
A full size replica of the Greek Parthenon was built for the 1897 celebration of the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s statehood. It was the centerpiece of a 5 acre fair. The original was built of wood, plaster and brick. Along with other structures built for the fair, it was not intended to be permanent. Most of the other buildings are gone. (There was a pyramid next to the Parthenon.) The Parthenon was such a popular attraction that it was decided it should be permanent.
A project was started in 1920 to rebuild the Parthenon on the same spot, but in concrete this time. The outside was finished in 1925 and the inside was finished in 1931. A full size replica of the Athena statue was added in 1990.
The building has been used for several Hollywood movies such as “Nashville” and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”.
These days the building is primarily used as an art museum.