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The Athens of the South

August 1, 2016

Due to the large number of universities in the city, Nashville earned a nickname of “Athens of the South”.  In recognition of this, a full-scale replica of The Parthenon was created in Nashville for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exhibition.

The buildings at the exhibition were meant to be temporary, and most of them were moved or destroyed shortly afterwards.  The Parthenon survived and has been modified over time to become a permanent structure and the centerpiece of Centennial Park.  In 1990, the full scale Athena Parthenos statue was added by sculptor Alan LeQuire. The building now houses the Nashville Art Museum.

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http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parthenon.aspx

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6 Comments
  1. What an exciting place to visit. Thanks for bring it to us here.

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  2. I’m surprised that the Bible belt allows such art to be displayed. Pleasantly Surprised but surprised none the less.

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    • Especially in the larger cities, the South doesn’t conform to the “Bible Belt” stereotype.

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  3. Well I never, and there was me thinking only one Parthenon existed in the world! Thanks for sharing this one Andy!

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    • I have to admit to being surprised myself when my wife told me it was here. I should have added in the blog post that the exterior shots for Percy Jackson were shot here.

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