The Nashville Parthenon
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
The Nashville Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
Athens, Greece isn’t the only city with a classical stone temple dedicated to the arts. Nashville’s Parthenon confirms the city’s place as the “Athens of the South.” The concrete replica of the Greek temple marks the city’s place as a cultural and artistic Mecca. Though country & western music wasn’t an original staple of the original Parthenon, the city has gone to great lengths to incorporate its history with that of the world at large. Today, the to-scale replica of the Greek landmark serves as an art museum featuring not only classical works but also those of modern artists such as Andy Warhol. In the early 1990s, sculptor Alan LeQuire’s “Athena Parnthenos,” a 42-foot statue of the Greek goddess Athena was added to the structure, cementing its place in mid-South culture.
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