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The Parthenon

A little Greece goes a long way in Nashville, which has bragging rights to the only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the U.S. The ornate structure originated as a plaster pavilion for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 and was rebuilt permanently in the 1920s. Today, its main function is as an art gallery; it is also home to a gold-gilded, nearly 42-foot-tall statue of Athena, the largest indoor sculpture in the Western world. This lady is so big that what seems to be a tiny likeness of the Greek goddess Nike in her right hand is actually over six feet tall. The Parthenon sits in Centennial Park on the main thoroughfare of West End Avenue, where locals sunbathe in the summer, walk the paved paths and take their children to feed the ducks in the manmade pond. Open Tu-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm, Su 12:30-4:30 pm.


2600 West End Ave, West End
Nashville, TN 37203
United States